Day in history for May 10, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Hon. Thos. S. Ridgeway, state treasurer of Illinois, is at the Harper House in Rock Island. Mr. Ridgeway is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Governor Yates accepted Rock Island's invitation to visit the city at the time of President McKinley's stop on his way back east.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Over a hundred Rock Island boys, entries in the annual Argus Y.M.C.A. learn-to-swim campaign, took their first swimming lessons.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A special train will bring to Davenport tomorrow morning a complete electrical show of the newest types of equipment for exhibition tomorrow and Monday. More than two thousand industrial, utility and civic leaders of the Quad-Cities have been invited by the General Electric Company to view the showing. The items are of interest only to those who produce electric power or use it industrially.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Historical Society, for the first time, has elected a woman as its president. She is Mrs. Howard (Virginia) Dahlberg of Moline. Mrs. Dahlberg has been active through the years in civic affairs and politics and now she will add the leadership of the Historical Society to her accomplishments. She succeeds Clarence Skinner as president.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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