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: 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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