Day in history for May 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island Street Commissioner Mauker is putting in a good bridge on Toledo Street between Otter and Swan, in place of the one carried away by the storm of the 18th.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The corner stone of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island, was laid with impressive ceremonies.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Agitation for daylight saving time for the Tri-Cities ceased when the Davenport chamber of commerce refused to endorse the adoption of such a schedule.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A telephone directory has brought a brother and sister together after 29 years. Mrs. Flossie Iffland, Rock Island, had not seen her brother Leo Fetterer in 29 years, although Mrs. Iffland has resided in Moline and Rock Island 11 years. ``Last Wednesday I was thumbing through the telephone book,'' Mrs. Iffland said. ``And there, as big as life, was my brother's name and address.

1976 -- 25 years ago
There's nothing half-hearted about the Kennedy brothers of Coal Valley, who will be setting forth on a 4,250-mile bike trip. Mike, 15, had open-heart surgery five years ago, and since then has been unable to participate in team sports, so he took up cycling. The brothers will begin their journey in Reedsport, Oregon. The entire trip will take 82 days, which includes eight rest days. The trip will cost approximately $1,000 each, which does not include the cost of the bicycles.

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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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