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.

Back: Available days in May 2001




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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.




(More History)