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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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