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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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