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From 1945 to the present 1976
Excerpts from the Urbana Bicentennial
1946 - School was consolidated about this time. John Rupp, Laurence and Don Fish, Chandler Cook, and Reeds had airplanes with a landing strip at Rupps. T.V. antennas were appearing on roof tops.

1947 - Urbana was 100 years old but passed nearly unnoticed. There was no Centennial celebration.

1948 - Large street celebration. Gym for the high school was added. United Statesí shortest highway, #363, was made longer by Lowe Construction Co. It was changed to go to the north of Urbana and large curve into the town. A man was killed while working this when a piece of road equipment backed over the man, crewman of Lowe Construction Co. Farmers gave a $6,525 pump truck to the Fire Department.

1950 - Main street was paved for the first time. A bad train wreck at the crossing west of town killed two young men from Vinton.

1951 - "Dr. Dingman Day". Doc had served the community for fifty years, and delivered many of the residents as babies. Baseball game and band concert.

1953 - The old opera building, which the Legion owned, burned. It was a $15,000 loss. A former Urbana resident died. Mrs. Lorinda Ferguson Bailey, 109 years old. She came to this area as a child in a covered wagon. The Korean Veterans were coming home.

1954 - Sept 15. Urbana held a "Bing" Miller Day. Edmund "Bing" Miller reached the major leagues in 1921 at age 27. He batted .342 for the Athletics. The wound up his career with the Boston Red Sox.

1958 - Fire Departmentís first rescue car was purchased at a cost of $500.

1961 - Dial telephone system

1967 - Urbana Savings Bank was robbed at gunpoint, of $8,000. The bank clerk was abducted and later released unharmed. James M. Jones was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to fifty years in prison.

1973 - New fire station was built. Lions Club formed.

1974 - Fire Department purchased a new rescue car. Jaycees Club was formed.

In this year of 1976 our country is celebrating itís 200th year. The citizens will celebrate with a parade and street entertainment on Sweet Corn Day. It is sponsored by the Jayceeís and Bicentennial Committee.


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