Today in history for Monday, July 21, 2014

Posted Online: July 20, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Today is Monday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large meerschaum pipe with a cherry stem was lost from a man's pocket while riding about town on Friday last. The finder will be suitably rewarded.
1889 — 125 years ago: The foundry at the Rock Island Stove Works shut down this morning because of the excessive heat.
1914 — 100 years ago: The midsummer meeting of the Tri-City Press Club was held at Watch Tower Inn. New active members admitted were M.C. Fisher, W.F. Perry, H.F. Podaski, Carl Ed and Harry Stanley.
1939 — 75 years ago: The first successful color pictures of Mars, taken with special equipment by Earl Slupher, American astronomer, indicate that plant life exists on the planet.
1964 — 50 years ago: Directors of Modern Woodmen of America have approved the design and construction plans for the fraternal life insurance society's new home office building, soon to be erected on the Mississippi River shore between 17th and 15th Streets in Rock Island.
1989 — 25 years ago: Even though the Moline Riverfest Committee may take a financial licking on big entertainment at last month's fest, it probably will break even on the overall event.


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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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