Area history, Feb. 12, 2019

Area history, Feb. 12, 2019

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, girls from the domestic science department at Urbana High School served a bean supper to their fellow students. While the students ate their beans, they listened to a speech by University of Illinois track athlete Dick Thompson.

In 1969, a four-way primary for Urbana mayor was set, with Charles Zipprodt and Opal Thomas competing in the Republican primary and Jeanne-Marie Wyle and Paul Hursey battling in the Democratic primary. Citizens were warned the bars in Urbana would be closed until 6 p.m. on Election Day.

In 2004, the University of Illinois began charging people to walk in the UI Armory. The UI made good on its promise to begin imposing the $3 fee after generations of free community access to the gigantic Fourth Street Quonset hut. Associate Chancellor Larry Mann said people using the armory would have to go through Room 190 in the southwest corner of the building. That point was designated so officials could control access to the area and make it safer and less chaotic for people to use.

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