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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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