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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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