Day in history for August 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The office of Dr. Kewley, in post office block, Rock Island, was entered and a fine suit of clothes stolen.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The contract for the erection of Rock Island's new library building was let by the library board to Collins Bros.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Plans for holding a big roundup of all former servicemen residing within a radius of 50 miles of the Quad-Cities were announced by G.R. Baker of Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Army is going to send Rock Island County four small cannons to mount on the courthouse lawn, replacing four guns contributed to scrap drives during World War II. Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman wrote to the Army ordnance department in Washington asking for the cannons and received a reply saying surplus 37 millimeter guns, mounted on carriages, were available for this use.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Amy Ann Layton's dolls will take up residence in the splendor of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Her grandfather, Chester Layton, Moline, spent the last year, and less than $20, building his six-year-old granddaughter a birthday present she's unlikely to forget. Like Jefferson's mansion, Layton's replica of Monticello includes a dome-topped billiard room, a piano room complete with piano and other features of the Charlottesville, Va., mansion. Layton hopes the dollhouse will be the birthday gift of a lifetime for his granddaughter from Wheeling.

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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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