Day in history for August 12, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The city attorney has been instructed to notify all those who are in arrears for their proportion of the cost of building sidewalks that unless they shall pay the same to him at once, proceedings will be commenced to collect the amount by special assessment.

1901 -- 100 years ago
There have been a large number of snake bites along the river this summer, campers being the ones who have suffered in the greatest number of instances.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Captain E.T. Hanson and Mrs. Hanson have arrived in Rock Island to take up the direction of the local division of the Salvation Army.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The chess team from the Tri-City Chess and Checkers Club retained the downstate Illinois chess team championship by defeating Decatur and Rockford teams in the annual title match at the Hotel Kaskaskia, LaSalle. The title was won last year in a match at Peoria. Members of the team are Karl Wiegmann, captain, John Warren, Henry Jeffrey and Alfons Rochow, all of Rock Island, and Clyde Gray, Davenport.

1976 -- 25 years ago
There will be plenty of natural gas for everybody this winter, gas company officials say, at a higher price. Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. officials say they haven't been notified how much higher prices will be, but the utility's principal supplier said the rate hike is expected to be about 6.2 percent, or about $15.69 for an average homeowner whose annual heating bill is now $253.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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