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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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