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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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