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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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