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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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