Day in history for June 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Seven hundred and twenty dollars is the amount collected for tolls at Rock River Bridge for the last 30 days.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Brown's Business College Company announced its intention of establishing a new commercial school in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Preparations for the removal of the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce into the Fort Armstrong Hotel are being made.

1951 -- 50 years ago
For three hours this morning, Rock Island police and a wrecking crew worked frantically to recover an auto from the Mississippi River off the 18th St. levee, unaware whether the car contained an occupant or not. Several hundred spectators watched as the auto was pulled from the river at 10:30 a.m. and police found no one inside. Shortly thereafter, Edward S. Wehr, Davenport, returned to the levee and identified himself as the car's owner. Police said the brakes on the car apparently failed and the auto rolled down the levee into the water.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A Moline family with ancestors in Rock Island County since 1838 apparently has an unusual record in continuous attendance at a Moline school. Since the opening of Garfield Elementary School in 1901, 24 family members have spent a collective 146 years in its classrooms. The three-generation chain started with the nine children of the James Hasson family, and concluded this year when Francie Mahar, 11, graduated to junior high school.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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