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 Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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