Day in history for August 24, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
If one ward in Rock Island can turn out 100 torches for Tilden ``in an impromptu manner,'' as was done last night, what kind of a show may we expect when all the wards are organized?

1901 -- 100 years ago
The annual session of the county teachers institute came to a close at Augustana College with the business meeting of the Rock Island County Teachers Association.

1926 -- 75 years ago
An ordinance passed unanimously by the Rock Island city council makes 12th St. from 4th Ave. south to the city limits an arterial highway.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Hjalmar Oakleaf, 59-year-old mayor of Moline, died at 5:42 this morning in Moline Lutheran Hospital where he had lain in a coma for nearly three weeks. He was the first Moline mayor to die in office. The mayor was injured about 6 a.m. Sat., Aug. 4, in an automobile crash near Walnut, Ill. He suffered a severe basal skull fracture and crushing injuries to his arm and leg. His battle for survival had been termed by brain specialists a ``miracle.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
A well-known Quad-Citian has come back to Moline to live after an absence of several years. Robert L. Anderson has accepted a position with Deere And Co. as a public affairs specialist in the legal department. Most recently, Anderson was executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations of the Lutheran Council in the U.S.A.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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