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: 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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