Day in history for May 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Marshal Hawes and the police force are busy notifying people to clean up their yards and alleys.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Plans were made for laying the corner stone of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School stenography pupils captured first, second and third places in the triangular stenographic contest.

1951 -- 50 years ago
After more than twenty years absence from the entertainment world, Rock Island's silent movie star, Peggy Montgomery, is considering returning to the public eye via television. Miss Montgomery left her screen career in 1930 to marry John L. Ponder in San Francisco and devote full-time to homemaking interests. On the program that she is considering, she would play the piano, do some reading and singing and interview guests.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Thieves escaped with $30,000 worth of fur and leather coats from a Davenport store early today, despite tripping a burglar alarm which alerted police as the burglars kicked the store's front door open. Police said the thieves eluded patrol cars responding to the 5:30 a.m. alarm at Richter-Rhomberg, 219 W. 2nd St., and took with them 38 mink, muskrat, rabbit and leather coats. Officers arrived within minutes of the alarm but found no trace of the thieves.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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