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 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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