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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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