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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.

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