Day in history for April 14, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Backwater at Milan on Rock River is 5 feet high, and all the mills have stopped running.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Plants were taken from winter quarters and placed in Spencer Square.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Israel Boxerman, a senior in Rock Island High School, has been selected to represent his school in the Big Nine extemporaneous speaking contest.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Even a practical joke can be carried too far. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Normoyle, Rock Island, have asked police to trace down a woman who made at least three telephone requests yesterday using the Normoyle name. A Wheelan funeral home hearse arrived at the Normoyle home yesterday with instructions to ``pick up a body there.'' An Eagle Supermarket received an order for an enormous quantity of meat to be delivered to the Normoyle home. An oriental rug manufacturer called at the Normoyle home this morning to discuss a phone order for carpeting.

1976 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline bank teller caught an unheard of error that is likely to ripple throughout the federal money printing and distribution system. Bonnie Anderson, head teller at Community Savings And Loan, East Moline, was counting a bundle of new $2 bills when she found a $20 bill in the middle of the pile numbered in sequence with the other bills. While coin collectors say the $20 bill may be worth hundreds of dollars, federal officials say it may be worth only $2 under federal law.

Back: Available days in April 2001



Local events heading








  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




(More History)