Day in history for June 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Work on the Mercer County Railroad is progressing finely, commencing at Milan, and laying track as they go.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City harness makers held their annual picnic at Schuetzen's Park, Davenport.

1926 -- 75 years ago
John G. Huntoon and C. Dudley Marshall announced their candidacies for reelection as members of the Rock Island board of education and R.C. Mitchell announced himself as a candidate to fill a vacancy on the board.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Graduation fever in a triple dose has hit the Clyde McKee home, Rock Island, this past week. Three members of the family are receiving diplomas from three different schools. Daryl is graduating from Rock Island High School tonight. His brother, Paul, went the cap and gown route at Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. Their mother, Mrs. Evelyn McKee, received her bachelor's degree from Marycrest College, Davenport, last Sunday. Mrs. McKee has been teaching grade school at Illinois City the past year in addition to completing her college work.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The courthouse lawn memorial to Rock Island County's war dead will soon be expanded to make room for the names of 70 men killed in Vietnam. The county board's executive committee approved a request to add two wings to the stone monument to make room for the new names. A memorial society has collected the money to buy the marble stones needed and the work is to be done in the near future.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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