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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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