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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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