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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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