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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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