Day in history for May 15, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The fire last night on the bluffs back of Wagner's Brewery was a 1-story dwelling house belonging to Mr. Ben Harper.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A site on Second Avenue and Sixteenth Street, Rock Island, was secured on which to build the Illinois Theater.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Arrangements for the maintenance of a steady volume of outgoing mail for airplane transportation from Rock Island were made by the board of governors of the traffic bureau of the Rock Island chamber of commerce.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A total of 13,400 pounds of clothing, nearly seven tons, was collected for Lutheran World Relief in the spring drive just ending, according to Dr. E.E. Ryden, editor of the Augustana Lutheran, who headed the collection project. The clothing, intended for refugees in Europe, Korea and the Near East, was packed in a boxcar Saturday morning by 12 students from Augustana Theological Seminary. It was weighed yesterday afternoon.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Jim Blade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Blade of Lynn Center, already deeply engrossed in auctioneering at the age of 15, got his start when he was much younger. His mother said ``Jim would grab anything that even looked like a microphone and constantly talk into it.'' Jim took a course by mail in auctioneering, but it did not help as much as actually listening to other auctioneers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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