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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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