Day in history for March 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Major William P. Butler, Republican, was elected mayor of Rock Island, defeating Bailey Davenport, Democrat. A total of 1,855 votes were cast.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ladies who wish to dress their hair in the latest fashion should do the following: Wave the hair all around the head, gather lightly on the top, fastening with tape or string. Divide the hair into strands and form into loops or puffs by doubling over the hand and securing to the main fastening. Curl the ends and arrange around the loops.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A bulletproof auto for use of Rock Island's police force is under consideration.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A fire in the basement of St. Luke's Hospital caused a bit of excitement Thursday night but there was no panic among patients as fire fighters quickly extinguished the blaze. The loss from the blaze was nominal. The fire was confined to a hallway, leading to a paint storage room.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Oak Glen Home was closed to visitors today after a flu epidemic that invaded the home earlier this week claimed the life of an Orion man. The same flu virus has infected about 50 of the home's 250 residents, according to Dr. Ruth Rominger, medical director at Oak Glen. There are a few severe cases remaining and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent further spreading of the disease.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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