Day in history for August 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The fire this afternoon was an ice house in the rear of John Goodman's house, just above Keator's lumber yard.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Harry Sage relinquished the management of the Rock Island baseball team and Dominick Mullaney, first baseman and captain, was elected to that position.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Trains bearing Pola Negri, film star and reputed fiancee of the late Rudolph Valentino, eastward, and carrying herself and Valentino's body back to the coast, providing she obtains permission to arrange the burial there, will both pass through Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Winning the Quad-City tennis tournament for the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Dick Hainline of Rock Island took permanent possession of the traveling trophy in the feature event of the 3-day meet last night. Miss Betty Hasson of Moline is the new women's champion of the Quad-City Open, which attracted more than a hundred players from a score of tennis centers in Illinois and Iowa.

1976 -- 25 years ago
After more than 50 years at hard labor in the East Moline police station, Eugene Moens, 74, will walk out at the end of this week a free man. During the past few years, Moens has worked at the department as a special officer and general handyman. For most of his half century with the department, Moens directed traffic, checked parking lots and filled in whenever a shift patrol was shorthanded.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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