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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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