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: 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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