Day in history for May 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Moline Mayor Wheelock gave notice of the sensible decision that he will take no notice whatever of anonymous letters. They are not worth the reading. But there will always be fools to spend their time in scribbling that which they are afraid or ashamed to father.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Work was begun at Davenport on what will be the finest mausoleum in the state of Iowa. It will be built by William Ziegler, the millionaire New Yorker. Mr. Ziegler's parents and stepsisters live in Davenport, and he recently bought them one of the finest houses in the city.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A budget of $531,930 for the operation of the Rock Island public school system during 1926-27 was approved by the board of education.

1951 -- 50 years ago
In brief ceremonies at the Quad-City Airport, United Air Lines today presented a silver plaque to the Quad-Cities, marking the company's first flight here 25 years ago. Leslie C. Johnson, chairman of the Metropolitan Airport Authority, accepted the plaque from Curtis Barkes, vice president of the company.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Fourth-grade students from Hoffman Elementary School, East Moline, and Hanna Elementary School, Orion, culminated a two-month letter writing exchange this week when they shared activities at a joint field day held at Niabi Zoo. Teachers, Mrs. Darlene Armstrong of Hanna and Christine Leggitt of Hoffman, encouraged their students to exchange information about themselves in the letter-writing campaign.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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