Day in history for June 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The board of library directors purchased 87 new books for the Rock Island Public Library, a large number of them being juvenile stories.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The property of the township of Rock Island was assessed at $2,479,042.

1926 -- 75 years ago
R.A. Jacobson, who is to succeed Elmer E. Meadley as managing secretary of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, is expected to arrive in Rock Island the latter part of the week.

1951 -- 50 years ago
``Brownie,'' well-known Rock Island dog, died at 5:10 o'clock last evening in the Ruggles Small Animal Clinic, Moline. He was thought to be more than fourteen years old. He was removed to the animal clinic last Wednesday afternoon from the Harper House, where he made his headquarters. Hundreds of people knew ``Brownie'' and greeted him on the sidewalks, in the hotel lobby, in business places and in Spencer Square, where he romped and rested.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Toxic fumes from a fire at Central Pool Supply, Inc., Moline, kept firefighters temporarily at bay. The fire destroyed the brick building and $300,000 in contents but no evacuation was required. Moline Fire Chief A.J. Claerhout said firefighters had to use airpacks to fight the fire, which was ``extremely difficult'' to extinguish because of the toxic fumes given off by ammonia chlorine, soda ash and other chemicals. Firefighters did not enter the building to fight the fire.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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