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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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