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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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