Day in history for August 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Plow Company has been putting in some heavy improvements during the last week.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Work has begun on the new Jewish synagogue to be erected by the Hebrews of Rock Island on 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue at a cost of $7,000.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The women's championship of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club was won by Mrs. C.E. Robb of Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Seven persons were injured and extensive property damage was done when one of the Rock Island-Moline City Lines new diesel buses and a 1951 model auto collided at 24th Street and 7th Avenue, Rock Island. Operators of the bus and auto and five passengers of the former were hurt in the accident. The auto was wrecked, the bus was badly damaged, the front porch of a duplex was virtually destroyed and a street sign at the intersection was knocked down.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Expensive dogs, placed in the Rock Island Animal Shelter by the county animal control officer, are disappearing from outdoor pens. Henry DeVooght, the animal control officer, told the administration committee of the Rock Island County Board he fears people will think he is taking the dogs and selling them. DeVooght cited one recent instance in which a Cordova man was notified on Friday his dog, an English Pointer, had been caught and could be picked up at the shelter. DeVooght said when he arrived on Saturday to claim his dog, it was gone.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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