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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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