Day in history for August 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Seven boarders in a Davenport boarding house were robbed by a fellow boarder in sums totaling $45.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island water supply was inspected by a delegation of distinguished authorities on the water subject to report on the best system of supplying pure water to the city of St. Louis.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Four buildings in Rock Island were struck by lightning and minor damage was caused by wind.

1951 -- 50 years ago
It was about 2:15 this morning when Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman got an urgent call. Two little boys had gone camping out along Mill Creek, and what with such a storm raging, maybe they were in danger. Until 3:45 a.m., Sheriff Muhleman and two deputies floundered around in the mud along Mill Creek. Finally, near exhaustion, they returned to Milan, where they learned the bitter truth. The boys had given up their venture. They had slipped home and quietly went to bed.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A massive drill was delayed briefly today when an actual emergency was sounded at Quad-City Airport as officials mobilized for the simulated aircraft disaster. A twin-engine Cessna jet aircraft radioed the airport control tower that it was losing cabin pressure on a flight over the Quad-Cities and wanted emergency permission to land. Tower officials immediately called off the drill. The aircraft eventually landed safely.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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