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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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