On November 19, 1928 air mail came to Champaign. Acclaimed to be “the country’s smallest city to be accorded the privilege of air mail service,” Champaign linked the surrounding territory to Chicago and Evansville, Ind. Two days before the inaugural flight the Champaign post office had 12,000 pieces of mail on hand waiting to receive a special stamp informing the receiver that the letter was sent on the opening flight of the airmail service from Champaign-Urbana. On the big day 75 pounds of mail left Champaign.
Local History and Genealogy Blog
On September 27, 1888 the Champaign Fire Company sent representatives to a hose race in Lincoln, IL.
The Champaign County Herald (October 3, 1888) described the news item as thus: "The Champaign fire company attended the Lincoln tournament last Thursday, and carried off the second prize in the principle race. The Effinghams took first with a record of 40 seconds and beat our boys only one second. Quite a number of people from here were present. The boys returned Saturday, and were escorted up and down Main street by the ninth regiment band, after which they had a photo taken. Their uniforms are quite neat and attractive in appearance."
St. Patrick's Day ThrowBackThursday Edition
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 708 W Main Street, Urbana, circa 1978
Lara, Archives Assistant
Have you ever wondered if people around the world share your surname? With billions of people living around the globe, where does that leave your name? Where could the highest population of individuals with your surname live today?
Did you know the Archives houses a collection of local organization newsletters?
The Champaign County Historical Archives recently processed the papers of Dr. Ellen Miner, a Champaign County native who practiced gynecological and obstetrical medicine starting in 1896. Dr. Miner graduated from the Medical Department for Women at Northwestern University in 1893 and returned to Champaign to practice medicine in 1896. Her well-respected practice operated out of her home, and she was an active member of the medical community in Champaign until her retirement.
This Thursday evening, February 25th, the library will host archaeologist Amanda Butler. Her presentation "Medieval Missionaries: East-Central Illinois and its Cahokia Connection" will discuss the Collins Archaeological Complex located along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, northwest of Danville, and its relationship to the Mississippian civilization who built the city of Cahokia near East St. Louis, Illinois. As a preview for the event please enjoy this repost from last April on "Digginig Up Illinois' Past."
Have you ever found a rock that you knew must be a genuine arrowhead?
Have you ever dug a hole in your backyard hoping to discover the ruins of a lost civilization?
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people that first settled Champaign County?