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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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