Day in history for May 14, 2006

1856 -- 150 years ago
Notwithstanding the unpleasant weather, we learn that pews in the new Second Presbyterian Church were sold Monday evening amounting to $4,300.

1881 -- 125 years ago
Frank Williams, advance man for the ''Hazel Kirkes'' production was in the city today.

1906 -- 100 years ago
Ferdinand Jochims of Rock Island died at Riverside, Iowa, Saturday evening. He had been engaged in construction work there for H. Tappendorf, Rock Island constructor.

1931 -- 75 years ago
Certificates of excellence were awarded to 14 members of the vocal music department of the Rock Island High School at the conclusion of the first annual recital in the high school auditorium last night. William Kinney, tenor, was awarded first place with a grade of 95.

1956 -- 50 years ago
The New York Store has acquired the adjacent 3-story Kneberg Bldg., Ad Estess, president of the Moline department store, said today with ''a view to long-range future expansion programs.''

1981 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Rock Island County Board nursing home committee still aren't sure when the roof at Oak Glen Home in Coal Valley will be repaired. Buckets are now used whenever it rains to collect water seeping through the roof.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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