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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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