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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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