Day in history for May 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
D.T. Thorp, of Holland Publishing Co., Chicago, is in town and is delivering to subscribers the new Rock Island and Moline directory.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Seniors of Rock Island High School held their class day exercises at the YMCA auditorium.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Twelve candidates for the ministry of the Augustana Synod were awarded the bachelor of divinity degrees at Augustana Theological Seminary.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Residents of Mercer Unit School District, No. 201, will vote June 16 on a proposed $932,000 building program which would include a new high school and four rural attendance centers. Petitions for the referendum with more than twice the necessary number of names have been filed with the district board of education. The proposed high school is part of an overall improvement program for the entire district, developed by the school board to solve the problem of overcrowding and inadequate equipment.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Quad City Nuclear Power Station near Cordova is one of 58 power plants around the country that have been placed on alert against the possibility of takeover by terrorists. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington revealed that it sent a message warning the station, along with other nuclear power plants around the country, to alert security forces to the possibility that extremists might try to seize a nuclear plant.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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