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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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