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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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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