Day in history for August 3, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Track laying on the new Rock Island and Mercer Co. railroad commenced from Milan and the work will be pushed forward as rapidly as possible.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The last house on the site of the new Rock Island Lines passenger station on 5th Ave., Rock Island, has been sold and its demolition begun.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A huge electric signboard, bearing the words, ``Hotel Fort Armstrong'' is being erected on the roof of Rock Island's new hotel.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The charges that the government dams on the upper Mississippi River are causing floods were termed ridiculous today by officers of the Rock Island district of United States Engineers. ``The basic and only purpose of the dams is to maintain navigation. They have nothing to do with flood control. The dams neither aid nor hinder flood waters,'' the engineers stated. The engineers' statement followed a protest of 150 land owners in southern Illinois who charged that the floods on their lands were ``man made.'' They claimed that such conditions did not exist before the dams were built.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A 13-acre strip of Milan village land adjacent to Camden Park has been given to Rock Island County for construction of the proposed beltline. The highway, east and north of Rock Island's 92nd Avenue, will extend to Ill. 92 (Airport Road) by crossing Knoxville and Indian Bluff Roads and Quad-City Airport property.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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