Day in history for June 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Bricklaying has commenced on Mr. Reid's lumber office, west of the Central Presbyterian Church.

1901 -- 100 years ago
An automobile of local construction, made with wagon wheels and motivated by a steam engine, caused an uproar in Rock Island, the driver being unable to guide the machine, adding greatly to the excitement.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Knox County's revised bill of $5,555.44 for the murder trial of John P. Looney at Galesburg last November was approved by the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Charles O. Austin Jr., 36-year-old principal of Taylorville High School, was approved unanimously by the Rock Island Board of Education as the new principal of Rock Island High School last night. The Taylorville board today granted Austin his release to accept the post here. He is to begin his official duties Aug. 1, succeeding the late Owen B. Wright, who died unexpectedly April 28. His salary will be $7,000 annually.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A 20-year-old Davenport woman representing Scott County was crowned the new Miss Iowa in Davenport. Ronda Lee Frogley, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Frogley, was crowned before a sellout crowd at St. Ambrose College Auditorium. The 5-foot-10-inch, brown-haired woman won preliminary competition in the swimsuit category and talent. One of 10 children, she graduated from West High School and has attended Marycrest College.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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