Day in history for August 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
During the last two weeks, Moline has experienced some fearfully hot weather.

1901 -- 100 years ago
W.H. Lange has been shaking hands with himself since Saturday night that he is here to tell the story of a remarkable escape he had from suffocation in a folding bed.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Approximately 7,000 people gathered at the Rock Island County Fair at Joslin to see the exhibits and witness the horse races.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A bid to bring the 1952 Illinois State Chess Championship Tournament to Rock Island is expected to meet with approval of the Illinois State Chess Federation in Chicago. Three Rock Island men, officers of the Tri-City Chess and Checkers Club, will present the bid to directors of the association at their annual meeting. The trio, Karl Wiegmann, Henry Jeffrey, and John Warren, will compete in the state tournament.

1976 -- 25 years ago
When the Jerrold Adamson family, 521 39th St., Moline, returned from vacation this week there was a surprise waiting for them, a big totem pole. For many years Adamson has been one of the kingpins in the Indian Guides-Trailblazers program of the Upper Rock Island County YMCA but is going to ease his efforts in the program. To show their appreciation for his work his colleagues at the Y, who were making the totem pole, decided to put it in Adamson's lawn until they were ready to use it elsewhere.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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