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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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