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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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