Day in history for August 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A spirited pair of horses attached to a lime wagon went tearing down Illinois Street at a terrible rate, to the great danger of life and property.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The new Rock Island passenger station will be provided with a tower clock and train sheds.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The largest number of students since the founding of the institution will attend the Villa de Chantal this fall.

1951 -- 50 years ago
East Moline firemen, who hadn't been called out of the station since Aug. 7, were roused into action shortly after 8 this morning when a Hampton humane-society member reported that a cat was perched on top of a telephone pole at 13th St. and 30th Ave. The rescue accomplished, firemen said that the humane-society member was deeply relieved of her anxiety, and that the neighbors, who had listened to the cat's vocal complaints for more than six hours, were gratified by the action, not to mention the apparent gratitude of the victim.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A growing lack of interest among members of the Silvis Businessmen's Association has prompted club officials to start a rejuvenation campaign. A series of weekly coffee klatches is scheduled to begin sometime in September in the old library in the basement of city hall, and Lyle Scharping, club president, hopes the rap sessions will ``stimulate more interest in the group.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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