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: 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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