Day in history for August 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Silas Sprague, a C.R.I. And P. engineer, has just completed a fine 2-story dwelling house for himself and family on Moline Avenue.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Buffalo Bill, or more properly speaking, Colonel W.F. Cody, is in town. He came accompanied by his cowboy band and other adjuncts that go to make up what is conceded to be the only faithful reproduction of frontier life that is presented under canvas.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Ben E. Bollman was elected president of the newly formed Christian Young People's council of Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Hundreds of National Guard trucks and jeeps will roll across the government bridge at Rock Island after midnight tonight enroute to Camp Ripley, Minn., carrying about two thousand men from 78 downstate Illinois communities to their annual 15-day encampment. Additional thousands of infantry troops are traveling in 16 complete railroad trains.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A community garden project in East Moline's Watertown district showed that a lot of young people are eager to do something constructive. Ray Higgins, of the East Moline Citizens for a Community Center group, won a grant of $500 from the city council for a community garden on land behind Oak Grove Housing that the city has given the group for its proposed community center. Higgins bought seeds, sents flyers about the project to parents and had 65 youngsters on hand for planting.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

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