1942: William L. "Willy" Ryan, right of New York City, champion checker player of America, arrived in Decatur and demonstrated his checker playing ability until late last night. Checker fans from throughout Central Illinois gathered in the recreation association club rooms to watch and take part in the play. Ryan's opponent here is R. Musuger of Alton. Spectators are, left to right, seated, Forrest Lamb, Peoria, and R.S. Murdock, Champaign; standing W.H. Walker, Sullivan; C.L. Mathews, Bloomfield, Iowa; and Guy C. Hawkins, Decatur.