Day in history for May 10, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Hon. Thos. S. Ridgeway, state treasurer of Illinois, is at the Harper House in Rock Island. Mr. Ridgeway is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Governor Yates accepted Rock Island's invitation to visit the city at the time of President McKinley's stop on his way back east.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Over a hundred Rock Island boys, entries in the annual Argus Y.M.C.A. learn-to-swim campaign, took their first swimming lessons.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A special train will bring to Davenport tomorrow morning a complete electrical show of the newest types of equipment for exhibition tomorrow and Monday. More than two thousand industrial, utility and civic leaders of the Quad-Cities have been invited by the General Electric Company to view the showing. The items are of interest only to those who produce electric power or use it industrially.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Historical Society, for the first time, has elected a woman as its president. She is Mrs. Howard (Virginia) Dahlberg of Moline. Mrs. Dahlberg has been active through the years in civic affairs and politics and now she will add the leadership of the Historical Society to her accomplishments. She succeeds Clarence Skinner as president.

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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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