Day in history for May 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
As the Alex Mitchell whistled, preparatory to landing, the sound was conducted with such force towards the bluffs, that 100 cans of peaches arranged on an upper shelf in Anderson's Grocery fell to the floor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Fire partially destroyed two spans of the trestle on the Q road this side of the Rock River bridge. The special train returning with about 150 Moline High School pupils from the Military Tract oratorical and athletic contest was delayed several hours.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's delegation to the 31st annual convention of the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs acquired a rival for the honor of entertaining the federation in its 1927 convention, the rival being Danville.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Rock Island man is minus a portion of his nose today. Last night he peered through an open but barred window separating a rest room and another room at Bea's Bowery. He had the misfortune of looking through the window at the same time a dog peered through the window in the opposite side. The dog snapped and the top of his nose was severed.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Sabrina Moore, daughter of Mrs. Jane Moore, Rock Island, will receive the Girl Scouts of the USA Honorable Mention Lifesaving Award in ceremonies at Camp Shabonee. While she was riding on a school bus with other students, one of the other girls had a serious asthma attack. After giving first aid measures to the ill girl, Miss Moore went home with her and gave her needed medication.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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