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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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