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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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