Area history, April 24, 2015

In 1915, the Champaign County grand jury today adopted a resolution censuring the management of the Julia F. Burnham Hospital in Champaign for not giving officials of the county the true information on the condition of patients injured in criminal law violations. This is the first time the issue has been brought to the attention of the grand jury.

Area history, April 23, 2015

In 1915, the regular trip of the Walking Club will be made Saturday afternoon to the Sangamon River below White Heath. Among the attractions will be the wooded river valley and violets in their prime. One party will walk about 6 miles and another will hike 3 miles. Both parties will leave on the 1:25 p.m. interurban and return to Champaign at 6:45 p.m. or 9 p.m.

Area history, April 22, 2015

In 1915, the work of rounding off the corner of the sidewalk in front of Tucker's Drug Store having been completed, the next move by the city council is to notify the owner of the building to move the show windows back even with he street line.

Illinois Ancestors: Camp Douglas was Andersonville of the North

During the Civil War the Confederate Prison at Andersonville, Ga., was the most notorious, for its terrible conditions and high death rate. There were at least 150 prisons, in both the South and North during the war, and the prison at Camp Douglas, in Chicago near the shores of Lake Michigan, was known as the Northern prison camp with the highest mortality rate.

My Amish Home: Hoping the sunshine is here to stay

"And hereby we do know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: Hereby we know that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him also so to walk, even as he walked." 1 John 2:3-6

Area history, April 21, 2015

In 1915, running without opposition, Republican E.S. Swigart was elected mayor of Champaign yesterday. He got 1,879 votes. In the only contested race, Republican treasurer candidate C.G. Cummins was elected over Democrat George Parry.

Jim Dey: Scharlau forecasting future again

Ed Scharlau isn't much for titles.

The 71-year-old jokes he's "been everything" in the local banking business and now calls himself "semi-active."

But after more than 51 years at Busey Bank, people know who he is. And they won't be surprised to learn that Scharlau will be back in front of a local audience Thursday delivering his 40th annual seminar on Champaign County's economy.

She's got 'a crazy passion for the arts'

Kelly White professes to have a "crazy passion for the arts," and the local community has been the benefactor, say those who know her best. White is executive director of 40 North/88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, the Boneyard Arts Festival, Sky Gallery and the Eric Show, a high school art exhibition. She also teaches art history at Parkland College.

Area history, April 20, 2015

In 1915, Thursday will be "Road Day" in Illinois, and several townships in Champaign County will conduct a road improvement festival. In Champaign Township as many as 75 laborers will be hired for $2 for a day's work, plus a free dinner, to work on the Arthur Road west of the city.

Women of Distinction 2015: UI prof took unconventional path

Do not come to Ashlynn Stillwell's class expecting lots of techno-jargon.

Oh, she knows her technical stuff. But Stillwell, a University of Illinois professor of civil and environmental engineering, also knows how to keep things lively.