Day in history for April 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A section of the largest grape vine in the world was in possession of a passenger on the C.R.I.AndP. train from the west yesterday. It was seven feet, eight inches in diameter, or 23 feet in circumference.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Sprinkler Company began operations with electric and wagon sprinklers.

1926 -- 75 years ago
State Senator James J. Barbour of Chicago, special prosecutor in the Rock Island vice cases, prepared to vigorously resist the expected motion of John P. Looney to be released on bail.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Today will go down in East Moline history as the first time motorists had to pay to park their cars in the business district. East Moline's 400 parking meters, installed over the protests of the majority of the business interests, began clicking this morning. Advocates of the parking meters predict that the city will be made richer annually by at least $8,000.

1976 -- 25 years ago
An East Moline teenager was credited by firefighters with saving her two brothers from serious injury or death in a fire. Becky Schellenberg, 16, awakened about 10:30 p.m. in a bedroom filled with smoke. The teenager climbed out a bedroom window, since flames were on the other side of her door, and ran to a neighbors home. She returned with some neighbors but were unable to get into the boys' room through a window. She was able to enter the home through another window and alerted her brothers, who escaped.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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