Day in history for May 11, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
About 11:30 Thursday night a bright blaze was seen in the store of L.S. Gates And Co., The Boston Bazaar, on Illinois Street, in Gaylord's Building. The damage is quite heavy, as quite an amount of goods were burned, and the whole stock thoroughly soaked.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island baseball team had a streak of bad luck. Bloomington winning from them by an 18-5 score.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A new chapter in civilization's progress was written for the Tri-Cities when the first air-mail plane landed at the Moline Airport and took off with 3,500 pieces of mail for the south.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Faced with hundreds of complaints from residents whose basements were flooded by backed up sewers yesterday, Moline city officials asked city engineer William M. Coopman to prepare an estimate of the cost of building at least five overflows to relieve overtaxed sanitary sewers during heavy and continued downpours.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Goldie, the 17-year-old Guernsey cow, gives a gallon of milk a day for her owner, Arthur VanHyfte of rural Hillsdale. That in itself seems like no great accomplishment. The astonishing thing is that Goldie hasn't had a calf for five years. For the information of non-farm folks, that just isn't supposed to happen. But Goldie, who in human terms would be about 60 to 70 years old, apparently doesn't know the facts of bovine life.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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