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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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