Day in history for September 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
On motion of Alderman Carse, the ordinance for the numbering of the streets and houses according to the Philadelphia plan was adopted by the Rock Island city council.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Public Library Board organized for the year by re-electing Colonel C.L. Walker president and J.W. Welch secretary.

1926 -- 75 years ago
About 200 Tri-City people were at the 31st Street station of the Rock Island Lines when the Golden State Limited, bearing the body of Rudolph Valentino westward for burial in Hollywood, Calif., arrived.

1951 -- 50 years ago
In a startling move last night, the Moline city council voted against holding a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mayor Hjalmar Oakleaf on Aug. 24 and, in effect, elected Acting Mayor Paul C. Johnson to that post. Johnson will fill out the unexpired term of the late mayor which extends to April, 1953.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The descendants of Thomas Lees, one of Coal Valley's early settlers, will celebrate their 50th family reunion at the old Lees homestead Sunday. The homestead, now occupied by the Dwayne Blaser family, was built 100 years ago this year and the family reunion is being held there in honor of the occasion. Mrs. Patricia Blaser is a fifth generation descendant of Thomas Lees descendants to live in the house.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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