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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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