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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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