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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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