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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