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: 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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