Day in history for April 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
The Lucy May will have to be docked. She was badly damaged by collision with one of the piers of the Rock Island bridge on Tuesday morning last.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The surveying party of the proposed Rock Island, New Boston And Southwestern Railroad arrived in the city this morning.

1907 -- 100 years ago
About 500 spectators witnessed the first performance of the big parody circus at the Rock Island YMCA last night.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Formation of a permanent organization of automobile dealers in the Quad-Cities will be considered Wednesday night at a dinner meeting at 6 o'clock in the Fort Armstrong Hotel.

1957 -- 50 years ago
There's a little wrong on both sides, as is too often the case, in the cutback in postal service starting today. The curtailment includes elimination of Saturday mail deliveries, closing of all post offices on Saturday and Sunday and a halt in third-class mail handling.

1982 -- 25 years ago
David Townsend, former executive director of the Moline Housing Authority, agreed to plead guilty to 67 counts of embezzlement today as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. Under the agreement, which must be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Morgan, Mr. Townsend could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $20,000.

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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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