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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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