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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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