Day in history for August 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mayor Butler left town on a business trip to the southwest.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island division of the naval reserves, 40 strong, left over the Q for Chicago to spend a week on the training ship, Dorothea, on Lake Michigan.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Boys and girls from the three Rock Island playgrounds passed in review with their pets in the animal parade held under the direction of the city playground and recreation commission.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A 9-pound tooth, identified as that of a mammoth, prehistoric ancestor of the elephant, was found yesterday about 30 feet below the surface of the earth in a gravel pit. The tooth was 10 and a half inches long, six inches wide and four inches thick. Dr. Charles D. Sneller of Peoria, who has studied prehistoric animals, identified the find.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Loraine United Methodist Church, a farm community about 13 miles northeast of Geneseo, are building their own church. The ambitious construction project of a new one-story, 8,000-square-foot church has been undertaken by the parish with volunteer help, all under the direction of Dewey Hakes, area grain farmer and member of the church. The new building will have a seating capacity for about 175; a fellowship hall with a capacity for 200; along with 10 Sunday School rooms and a kitchen.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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