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 Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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