Area history, Feb. 17, 2019

Area history, Feb. 17, 2019

Today is Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the old armory at the University of Illinois was packed with fans watching the Illinois men's basketball team take on Wisconsin. In what was described as a "rough and tumble battle," Illinois emerged victorious by a final score of 16-14. Illini player Bert Ingwerson made what was called "two fancy baskets from the middle of the floor."

In 1969, Mary Murray, a senior at Fisher High School, was named the recipient of the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award. The award was given to a senior girl who received the highest score on a test of knowledge of homemaker skilils.

In 2004, Meadowbrook Farms, a farmer co-op that opened a new pork-processing plant in Rantoul, donated more than 4,500 pounds of pork to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank for distribution at soup kitchens in the area. Richard Bloom, executive director of the food bank, said that most of the food would be served at soup kitchens at the Times Center and The Salvation Army. The pork was produced while the co-op was testing its equipment at the newly opened processing plant at the Rantoul Industrial Park. Bloom said that a large number of 20-pound pork loins and 40-pound hams were produced during the testing phase, so the co-op decided to make the meat available to the food bank.

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