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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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