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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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