Day in history for May 6, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The firm of N. Chester And Co., Moline, has about as much goaheadism as any house in the country of their kind. They are now busy building the largest refrigerator in the city. It is nine feet high, eight feet long, and eight broad; has 24 doors, and will hold almost a wagon load of ice. It will cost over $300. This improvement means that they are going to keep their butter fresh and cool.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Frank Wild, one of the veteran Mississippi steamboat men, was in the city calling on old friends. He has lately returned from Alaska, having piloted the steamer Rock Island on her first trip up the Yukon.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Wendell Lund, a junior in the liberal arts school at Augustana College, was elected to the editorship of the Observer.

1951 -- 50 years ago
This is Cleanup, Paintup, Fixup Week in Moline, the week the association of commerce sets aside each year to encourage a spring housecleaning of the city at large. Highlights of the week will be a parade on Monday. The parade will start at 7 o'clock at Stephens Square, 7th Avenue and 19th Street.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Fire investigators say the second fire in downtown Moline within three days was not the work of arsonists. The fire extensively damaged a sixth-floor office suite in the Fifth Avenue Building. The fire started in a small laboratory in the offices of Drs. R.R. Paschall and J.M. Suverkrup.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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