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.

Back: Available days in May 2001



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


(More History)