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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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