Day in history for June 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works, which have been closed for about two weeks to take an inventory, will resume work. They have had a 19-foot addition put on their chimney.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Captain John Streckfus' new boat, the ``J.S.,'' steamed into home port for the first time.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Play in the Rock Island Boys' League had an auspicious beginning at Douglas Park while 600 fans looked on.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dr. G.F. Johnson, the first mayor of East Moline, today announced his retirement effective July 1. He has practiced medicine for 55 years, 48 of which have been in East Moline. Dr. Johnson was a member of the village board of trustees until he was elected mayor in 1907. He served as mayor for 14 years, or seven terms. However, none of the terms was consecutive. Dr. Johnson practiced medicine in Marion County, Illinois, and Colona before moving to East Moline.

1976 -- 25 years ago
More than half of Rock Island Arsenal Rodman Laboratory employees have said no to transferring with the lab to Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, N.J. Today is the last day for the 496 lab employees to respond to the canvass letters, and 257 have said no the the transfer. Approximately 77 had not yet responded. The canvass letters ask employees if they would be willing to transfer with their jobs. If they respond no, the employees will be fired for failing to transfer.

Back: Available days in June 2001




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




(More History)