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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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