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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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