Day in history for August 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A meeting was held at the Rock Island Third Ward Hose House, lately vacated by Hope Hose Company, for the purpose of organizing a new company.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The 8-inch mill at the Sylvan Steel Works has been started up and all mills are now running and a rush of orders has made it necessary to operate the 18-inch mill nights.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's river front took on an illuminated atmosphere when electroliers which have been installed were lighted for the first time.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Plans to visit each of her students in her own home before the opening of school have been announced by Miss Viola Herington, who began work this week as instructor of home economics at New Windsor High School. She would like to visit girls in the same neighborhood on the same day, and has asked that anyone who has a special preference as to time notify the high school office.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A street fight involving 50 to 60 persons forced East Moline police to call for reinforcements from Moline, Silvis and Rock Island County authorities. The disturbance was believed to be between patrons of a tavern in the 1100 block of 15th Ave. and members of a motorcycle club. Police said several persons were arrested in connection with the disturbance, which took authorities 45 minutes to break up. Details on the cause of the disturbance were not available.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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