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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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