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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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