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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