Day in history for May 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
People were busy all day today, in pumping or bailing water from their cellars.

1901 -- 100 years ago
B.F. Knox was inaugurated mayor of Rock Island for the second time.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Stockholders of the Servus Rubber Company voted unanimously to authorize a proposal to increase the capitalization of the company from $1,500,000 to $2,000,000.

1951 -- 50 years ago
William Drovetsky, 17, a Rock Island High School senior, has received a $25 first prize for his jewelry entry in the national high school art exhibition at Pittsburgh, Pa. Some 100,000 students from all over the nation participated in the contest. Bill's entry had first won regional honors at Peoria. His prize-winning work was a choker necklace, made of heavy silver wire in an intricate link design. Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Drovetsky, 909 7th Ave.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Lightning struck an East Moline house causing a short which sent electrical sparks shooting out of the bathroom faucet. An electrician called to the home said it apparently struck the washing machine grounded to the water pipes in the John Kehoe residence. The lightning apparently struck the house during a loud thunder clap about 7:30 p.m. but the electrical sparks did not start coming out of the faucet until after 11 p.m.

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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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