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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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