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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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