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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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