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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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