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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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