Day in history for July 14, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The plat of the fine addition on the high ground west of Augustana College, and of the opening of Second Avenue from Elm Street to Robbins Avenue has been completed by City Engineer Stoddard.

1901 -- 100 years ago
L.S. McCabe purchased the Fifth Avenue residence of Mrs. Telitha Munro.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Rock Island city council have completed their checkup of the number of new street lights, which are needed in the residential districts.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Lenora Thomas narrowly escaped serious injury in an unusual accident on the Ripley St. hill in Davenport. She was attempting to start her car on the hill when it went out of control. The auto rolled backward over a curb, across a lawn at 512 Ripley, brushed against a house across an alley, and came to rest against a 4-foot concrete wall at the rear of a building at 402 W. 5th St.

1976 -- 25 years ago
An all out war against prostitutes and their patrons was authorized by the Rock Island city council. The council unanimously directed Police Chief Charles Meyers Jr. to again use the decoy system. The action was taken after the council received a report from the police chief that indicated prostitution still flourishes in certain parts of Rock Island. Mayor James Haymaker hastened to declare: ``Let no one say Rock Island's problems with prostitution are any greater than those in Davenport or Moline.''

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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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