Day in history for May 14, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal Bridge is undergoing repairs, and for a few days, only one track will be kept open for the passage of teams. Teams can cross from Davenport to the Island during the first half of each hour and then from the Island to Davenport the second half of each hour, Arsenal time.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rev. Jules Mauritzson of Odebolt, Iowa, was elected to fill the vacancy in the chair of Swedish language and literature at Augustana College.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The United States Corps of Engineers propose to use the good, round sum of about $2,225,000 in work on the Rock Island district of the Mississippi River this summer and early next spring.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Final preparations have been made at Fejervary Park, Davenport, for the arrival this week of a new colony of monkeys. Monkey island has been renovated, the moat was filled with water Saturday, and a new trapeze and other play equipment have been installed on the island. The 50 new monkeys will be shipped from Florida tomorrow.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Area government and business leaders are preparing their arguments against scrapping the long-planned Quad-Cities to St. Louis expressway. A hearing on the proposal to drop the road from the state's supplemental freeway system will be held in Monmouth next week. A number of groups representing the Quad-Cities plan on arguing in favor of the road.

Back: Available days in May 2001



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




(More History)