Day in history for March 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A heavy rainfall in Rock Island was followed by the most severe snowfall of the winter.

1901 -- 100 years ago
J. Doering, 704 2nd Ave., Rock Island, announced the opening of a shoe shop.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Kenneth Leonard was elected new master councilor of Templar chapter, Order of DeMolay.

1951 -- 50 years ago
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Island, will mark its 100th anniversary this year, with appropriate ceremonies to be held sometime in the fall. The church was started in 1851, the exact date unknown, by the Rev. John Alleman, pioneer priest for whom the county's newest Catholic school was named. The original structure was torn down during the Civil War to make way for the present edifice which was constructed in 1863.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A man claiming to be a Secret Service agent was given an East Moline police car to drive the son of presidential hopeful R. Sargent Shriver to Chicago to meet his father. East Moline Mayor Dennis Jacobs said that when the Shriver plane left the Quad-City Airport, Bobby Shriver, 21, was left behind. Jacobs, Shriver's host during the Democratic hopeful's visit, said the plane was too full to take Shriver's son. A Secret Service agent ``demanded'' a car to take Bobby to Chicago. The car was returned the next day with the assurance that 12 1/2 cents would be paid per mile.

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