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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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