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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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