Day in history for August 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Street Commissioner Maucker is doing a good job around Bengston's block, and no block in Rock Island better deserves good gutters and clean streets than that.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Superintendent H.H. Button is pushing operations on the Illinois Theater at a rate that insures the completion of the building at a day not too far distant from the specified time, Oct. 15.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Plans for the development of a 122 acre tract of land on 38th St., Rock Island, as a public golf course and outdoor recreation center were made known.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The J.I. Case Co. plant in Rock Island has been awarded a $5,000,000 contract to finish aircraft engine crankshafts for the Air Force. The contract was awarded to Case by the Nash-Kelvinator division of the Nash Motor Company, which manufactures Pratt-Whitney engines for the Air Force. The motors are used in pursuit planes and fast bombers.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Jim Dahl was doing his chores in a pasture near his home, four miles south of Osco, when he noticed something was different at the bottom of one hill. What Dahl discovered was a hole in the pasture. A 30x40-foot hole that was 12 feet deep in places. It was filled with ice-cold water, and the surface was coated with about two inches of slime. A conservationist who visited the hole was at a loss to explain how the hole got there.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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