Day in history for May 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The dredge boats, Lowell and Hercules, which have been at work taking out the piers and embankment of the old railroad bridge, have finished their job.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Argus announced its intention of renovating its quarters during the summer months.

1926 -- 75 years ago
By nearly a two-thirds majority, business and professional men of Rock Island have voted in favor of the adoption of the daylight saving time schedule for the Tri-Cities.

1951 -- 50 years ago
In scores of speeches and a display of flexing military muscle the nation today paid tribute to its unified armed forces at home and on the field of battle in Korea. A monstrous B-36 bomber, one of the United States' foremost aircraft, flew over Rock Island this morning in salute to the Quad-City area on Armed Forces Day. Later a squadron of smaller, 2-engine craft buzzed the city in greeting. The B-36, a 6-engine powerhouse, passed over the Fort Armstrong Hotel area.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The largest gift in St. Ambrose College's 94-year history will be used to develop new programs, including some for women, minorities, and gifted students. Only $100,000 of the $1.5 million grant will be used for equipment, Dr. William J. Bakrow, college president, said, with the remainder of the money going to fund ``ideas.'' St. Ambrose is one of 34 colleges to receive such a grant this year. About 1,000 schools applied.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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