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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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