Day in history for May 31, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Work is progressing favorably on the Toledo Street culvert.

1901 -- 100 years ago
One hundred fifty-one pupils finished the eighth grade in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Fifty-nine seniors of Augustana College were given the bachelor of arts degree at the 66th annual commencement.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Scout training proved valuable to James Thomas, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Thomas, Rock Island, yesterday, when he was able to save a smaller boy from drowning in the Rock River. Jimmy, a tenderfoot in Boy Scout Troop 7, was fishing with his father near the steel dam east of the Milan bridges about 5 o'clock, when the boy, who had been dangling his feet from the bridge abutment, tumbled into the water. The boy thrashed about in the water and had gone down about three times by the time Jimmy reached the spot. He was able to reach over and grab the youngster, pulling him to safety without entering the water himself.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Patricia Boleman, Moline, a member of the Mississippi Valley Woodcarvers Association and a physical education teacher at Wilson Junior High School, will travel to Nottingham, England, in June as one of nine United States representatives to the International Woodcarvers Association convention. During the 10 day visit, the American representatives will tour the countryside by day and give woodcarving demonstrations each night.

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