Day in history for May 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The first of 200 loads of rock, ordered to be hauled and broken in Union Square, was dumped there today.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Railroad started clearing its property on Fifth Avenue, preparatory to building a new passenger station there.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of people estimated at 8,000 assembled at the Moline Airport to witness the ceremony of the christening of two planes which will be used in carrying mail and express between Chicago and Dallas, Texas.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Bartlett, Moline, announce the engagement of their daughter, Bonnie Jean, to William David Daniels, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Dryden Daniels of Valley Stream, Long Island, N.Y. The wedding will be an event of early summer in Moline. Both young people graduated last year from Northwestern University, Evanston. Both majored in speech and drama. They are now in New York for radio, television and theater appearances.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Over the years the Geneseo Creek has nearly dammed itself up in three of the four passages in the aqueduct that carries its waters under the canal north of the city. Lester Roos, long time resident and former Geneseo mayor said unless some action is taken to expedite the discharge of the creek during heavy rains, the city will be faced with disruption or damage to its sewerage treatment plant.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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