Day in history for August 31, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Articles of incorporation of the Iowa Southern And Missouri Northern railroad company were filed indicating a railroad is to be constructed along the bank of the river between Davenport and Muscatine and the money of the Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific railroad company is to build it.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A valuable find in clay is reported to have been made in the hills near Sears which it is believed will mean the founding of a most important industry in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
More than 4,700 children trooped back to books, desks and lessons when Rock Island's public schools opened for another term.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's first Catholic church is 100 years old today. A century ago, on Aug. 31, 1851, the cornerstone was laid for a building partly made of stone from a Mormon temple in Nauvoo, and partly financed by a loan from Davenport's founder, Antoine LeClaire. Then they called the church St. James. Today, it is St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2200 4th Ave., Rock Island.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Jot down the name Joshua Grafton, you're likely to hear it for years to come. At 17, the Moline High School senior is headed straight toward a political career. Fresh from the Republican Convention at Kansas City, where he served as a page, the student has been named manager of the Jim Thompson gubernatorial campaign in Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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