Day in history for August 2, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The steam saw mill of Anawalt, Denkmann And Co. took fire and was entirely destroyed, the loss variously estimated from $30,000 to $40,000.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island board of education held a postponed special meeting and the tax levy for next year was raised to $90,000 against $85,000 last year.

1926 -- 75 years ago
More than 300 witnessed the laying of the cornerstone for the addition to the Evangelical Church of Peace, 12th St. and 12th Ave., Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dog problems continue to hound the Davenport City Council. At yesterday's committee-of-the-whole session, the aldermen were asked to study a recommendation from the board of health that all dogs be vaccinated as part of a rabies control program under way in Iowa. In addition to the program aimed at the rabies problem, the council is studying another ordinance amendment which would prohibit dogs from running at large from April 1 to Oct. 1.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Sparks from a neighbor's burning debris were responsible for a fire that destroyed Bud Frey's new home and barn and damaged a second barn in rural Coal Valley. Fire departments from Colona, Osco-Anderson and Orion fought the blaze for an hour before bringing it under control. Farmers hauling water from farm ponds helped the fire departments. The fire started when sparks from a neighbor's burning debris were blown onto the roof of a barn.

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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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