Area history, Feb. 13, 2018

Area history, Feb. 13, 2018

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, The Champaign Daily News, in an editorial, suggested that Gov. Frank Lowden should run for president. "He has demonstrated those qualities of constructive statesmanship which places him in the front rank of the men from which a choice must be made, and his party will honor itself by honoring him," said the newspaper.

In 1968, Maj. Edward W. "Wally" Crum, 31, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Crum of Champaign, was killed Feb. 6 by gunshot wounds in an enemy engagement during the recent fighting in Vietnam. Besides his parents, he left his wife of Salt Lake City and a 5-year-old daughter.

In 2003, one of the University of Illinois' new trustees wasted no time getting involved. Immediately after being sworn in, Chicago engineer Niranjan Shah nominated Trustee Lawrence Eppley as board chairman at the board's annual meeting. Eppley was approved unanimously. "I know of him very well through his work," Shah said of Eppley. "He's a good man. There are many other good people on the board ... (but) with budget cuts going on, he's a very good leader."

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