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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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