Today in history for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Today is Wednesday, August 13, the 225th day of 2014. There are 140 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A German man named Joseph, who had just arrived here from Germany, was cut down by sunstroke yesterday in a field of Mr. Brookman's on the bluffs. He leaves a wife and four children.
1889 — 125 years ago: John Streckfus purchased the little packet, Verne Swaine, from Swaine and Hicks for $14,000, placing his partner, Joseph Schaab, in charge of the grocery and feed business in Rock Island for the summer.
1914 — 100 years ago: Rock River, at a point south of Rock Island, was the lowest it had ever been since records have been kept by the government. There was only 4.7 feet of water in the river at this point.
1939 — 75 years ago: Miss Louise Fisher, of Davenport, defeated Mrs. Val Heider, of Rock Island, for the women's championship of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club by a 1-up margin.
1964 — 50 years ago: Augustana College expects a freshman enrollment this fall of 400 students, of whom 83 are graduates of Quad-Cities high schools. It will be the largest freshman class in Augustana's history.
1989 — 25 years ago: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1311 17th Ave, Moline, named the best church building in the "Best of the Quad Cities" reader survey, is home to one of the largest Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Peoria, with 2,400 families.


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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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