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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