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: 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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