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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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