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: 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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