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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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