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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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