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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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