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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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