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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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