Today in history for Monday, July 14, 2014

Posted Online: July 13, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Joseph Johnston, of this city, who is now on a railroad job at Grinnell, Iowa, has sent in three fine specimens of live eagles.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island was visited by the most severe and destructive storm of the season. Five and one-sixth inches of water fell and the Mississippi rose 17 inches, but receded rapidly.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Willis Wood, of Rock Island, accepted a call to become physical director of the YMCA of Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Three thousand eight hundred people watched the Rock Island-Moline Police baseball team defeat Davenport by a score of 12-2.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A memorial elm tree in front of the Rock Island Lines depot in Moline has succumbed to Dutch elm disease and was cut down and removed today.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Jumers Hotels Ltd., a Peoria-based hotel chain, is probing the possibility of building an excursion boat complex in downtown Rock Island.


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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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