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: 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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