Day in history for October 14, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
Hugh Livingston of Camden has favored us with a specimen of molasses made from Chinese sugar cane grown on his farm.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The remodeled Rock Island Post Office was formally opened this morning. The office is now equipped with 1,500 lock boxes.

1907 -- 100 years ago
At the meeting of the city council Alderman Anderson presented an ordinance providing that the name of Long View Park be changed to Jackson Park. It will be considered at a later meeting.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Reductions on tax assessments were granted on 885 of 1,502 cases in which complaints were made and assessed values in Rock Island County were lowered a total of $374,304.

1957 -- 50 years ago
At least 73 cases of flu tested by a bacteriologist at the University of Iowa were definitely of the Asian type. The epidemic broke out at the Iowa university on about Sept 17th. As many as 125 students per day were being treated but the number has now dropped to about 25 per day.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Department of Corrections officials assigned a top level Chicago attorney to represent them in their case against former East Moline Correctional Security Capt. Don Smith after deciding the case was too complicated or sensitive for the state attorney general's office to handle.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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