Day in history for June 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Today, for the first time in four days, occasional glimpses of the sun were seen. For four days the weather has been cold and rainy, and the farmers say the prospect for growing crops is very discouraging.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Emanon Club gave a dance at the Watch Tower in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Resurfacing with asphaltic concrete was agreed on as the type of improvement to be made on 4th Avenue, 1st to 15th Streets, Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Scottish brogue may be a bit thick at the Quad-City Airport Sunday as the dream of a determined mother to see her two sons after many years of separation is realized. William S. (Scotty) Kean, Rock Island, is looking forward to greeting his mother for the first time in 30 years. The 74-year-old woman has recently flown from her home in Kilmarnock, Scotland, to see Scotty and his twin brother, James, of Hamilton, Ont. ``It's going to be the biggest thrill of my life to see my mother again,'' Scotty said. ``I haven't seen her since I left home at the age of 23 to come to this country 30 years ago.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Dr. Barbara Kuhns, Geneseo, is the first woman veterinarian to ever practice the art in the Cambridge-Geneseo area and one of the few female veterinarians in Western Illinois. The former high school teacher opened her practice a week ago, achieving a goal she formed at age 16.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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