Day in history for August 1, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mr. Streckfus' new brick building is commencing to loom up under the experienced hands of Peter Farrell.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Several thousand people crowded in and around Spencer Square to hear the first free concert of the season.

1926 -- 75 years ago
More than seventy-five directors of the rural school districts in Rock Island County attended a meeting at the court house in Rock Island when Justin A. Washburn, county superintendent, outlined plans for the opening of the country schools this fall.

1951 -- 50 years ago
St. Anthony's Hospital was authorized by the Illinois Public Health Department today to restrict maternity-patient visitors to one person per day. The permit was issued by Dr. Roland Cross, state health director. According to Dr. Cross, the permit was warranted by reports indicating incidents of diarrhea in the general population of the state. The hospital will permit only fathers as visitors.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The last tract of undeveloped land along Moline's 23rd Avenue ``Miracle Mile'' was sold at public auction for nearly $160,000 less than the original owner paid for it. The 35-acre lot on the northwest corner of 23rd Ave. and 53rd St. was sold to the Sieg Co., a wholesale auto parts chain, for $741,000. The property was sold to settle the estate of Ernest ``Clell'' McClelland Harrelson, former owner of Harrelson Motors, Moline, who died last September.

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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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