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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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