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: 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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