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.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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