Day in history for July 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
An immense zinc hat, handsomely painted, has been hoisted at the Rock Island House Clothing Store.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The government has discontinued the display of flag weather signals, with the exception of the cold wave flag. The weather signals have for some years been displayed in Rock Island from The Argus building.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Farmers of Drury and Buffalo Prairie Townships in Rock Island County and Eliza Township in Mercer County recently circulated petitions pledging their trade to Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
``It's such clean, healthy work,'' states Jule Withrow, when asked why he selected the unusual occupation of greenskeeper. Mr. Withrow, greenskeeper at Saukie Golf Course since 1943, says that besides the outdoor beauty of his job, it offers an excellent opportunity to meet people. ``Having a home on the golf course is nice, but it does have its disadvantages,'' states Mr. Withrow, who remembers all the windows in his house broken by some of Saukie's less competent golfers.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A number of original Saturday Evening Post cover paintings by former Moliner Dick Sargent are on display in the Financial Security Life Insurance Co. office, 716 17th St., Moline, where a public showing will be held from 5 until 8:30 this evening. At a private preview last night, William A. Getz, Moline, and Paul Norton, Davenport, who were students at Moline High School about the same time as Sargent, reminisced a bit with Sargent over the cover paintings.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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