Local History and Genealogy Blog
Cover art from the 1975 issue of The Red Herring Poets,
put forth by the Channing-Murray Foundation of Urbana.
The Champaign County Historical Archives celebrates National Poetry Month in April with a local poets display.
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.
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.