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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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