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, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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