Today in history for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Posted Online: Aug. 14, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Today is Friday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2014. There are 138 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The funeral of William A. Davenport took place at St. Anthony's Church, Davenport. A large concourse of people were present, and the service was solemn and imposing.
1889 -- 125 years ago: George Stodd purchased the old Swedish Lutheran Church at the corner of 8th Avenue and 9th Street and will convert it into an amusement hall.
1914 -- 100 years ago: According to a Rome dispatch, Russia has mobilized 2,000,000 men on the German and Austrian frontiers and a half million on the Turkish and Romanian frontiers and has 3,000,000 more in reserve.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Gene and Jack Eberle, Rock Island youngsters, who appeared as Miss Columbia and Uncle Sam at the Mississippi Valley Fair, received an ovation from the audience.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Addition of 6,065 persons to Quad-City area payrolls was made during the year ending June 30 according to the second quarter Quad-City Commerce Quarterly.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Hampton home was struck by lightning and burned Monday during one of several storms and showers that brought 1.53 inches of rain to the Quad City Airport during the 24-hour period ending this morning.


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