Day in history for March 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The residence of J.T. Kenworthy on the bluffs was damaged by fire.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Evarts commandery, No. 18, Knights Templar, announced that 300 members will attend the triennial conclave in Louisville in August.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Wade W. Potter, 23, Rock Island, was fatally injured when he drove a speeding cab through a plate glass window of a garage.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An extensive building and modernization program, which is expected to exceed $2,000,000 and eventually bring contracts totaling more then $20,000,000, was announced today by officials of the Riverside Foundry, Bettendorf. Work will begin immediately on the project, designated as a ``100 percent defense measure.'' The expansion will allow Riverside to produce vitally needed cast armor steel casting for use on tank and mobile fighting equipment of the U.S. armed forces.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock River rose above its banks for the first time this year today, causing moderate flooding in the Quad-City area. The river crested 2.8 feet above flood stage this morning in Joslin and is expected to crest a half-foot above flood stage in Moline tonight. Rock Island County Civil Defense Director Donald Bobb says no one was forced to evacuate their homes by the high waters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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