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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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