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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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