Day in history for May 25, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Wide Awake Ball at Hillier's Hall last evening was a very pleasant affair, attended by about 30 couples.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The People's Comedy Company pitched its tent at 5th Ave. and 12th St., Rock Island, and prepared for a week's engagement.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mayor W.A. Rosenfield announced that the Rock Island street department will start clearing away the river front between 17th and 19th Streets to make it possible for automobiles to be parked there.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Sergeant (first class) Harry Drake, Rock Island, is a man in 26,000, so far as his scholastic record in the anti-aircraft and guided missiles branch of the artillery school at Fort Bliss goes. The 29-year-old Rock Island career soldier recently completed a fire control operators' course with a score of 100 percent in all subjects. He is the first student in more than 26,000 enlisted men who have attended the course to make a perfect rating. Sergeant Drake has been in the Army since August 1942.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline police are investigating the theft of 3,000 pounds of copper wire valued at $1,000 from a construction site at 1st Street and 1st Avenue sometime late Sunday or early Monday. The wire, owned by C.A. Hooper Co., Madison, Wisconsin, was taken from fenced in property of Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. near the firm's generating plant.

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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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