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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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