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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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