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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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