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: 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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