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: 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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