Day in history for January 14, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Lawrence of Rock Island fell into a ditch a year ago and now sues the city of Moline for $1,000. If he wins his case, the precedent for the city will prove a destructive one.

1901 -- 100 years ago
W.H. Wheaton was elected president of the Rock Island County Farmers Institute.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Phil Mitchell announced plans for retirement from the presidency of the State Bank of Rock Island at an early date.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Their young son bites their family dog, say Mr. and Mrs. William J. Miller of Sterling. So they are going to get rid of the dog, Smokey. ``We can't send our son, Mike, away,'' the Millers said. ``He's only two years old. So it will have to be Smokey.'' They said Mike keeps on biting Smokey on the nose, causing it to bleed.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline Police Chief Merle O'Dell figures 73-year-old handyman Eugene Moens is worth more than the 24 cents an hour he's paid. Moens, Hampton, started work in 1926 as a part-time officer and in recent years has worked as a handyman. He works eight hours a day, seven days a week, doing minor repairs on police cars and other chores, all for $125 every three months. That adds up to 24 cents an hour, just enough to cover the gasoline needed on his trip from home. A five-member commission agreed that Moens should receive a $100 monthly stipend henceforth.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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