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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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