Day in history for June 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A woman named Calbert who had placed herself on the track of the Western Union Railroad at a curve of the road between Rapids City and Hampton and gone to sleep was run over by a passenger train due here at 6 o'clock last evening and instantly killed.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Miss Paula Harms was home for the summer after spending the winter at the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Orders to officers of the Rock Island Police Department, regarding their special duties in serving as a guard for the Swedish royal party, were issued by Chief of Police Herman Sehnert.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Despite threatening weather, more than 700 children proudly paraded in their gaily decorated vehicles at the Rock Island city playgrounds yesterday afternoon. Fifteen boys and 15 girls at each playground marched home with bright silk ribbons, awarded for the best entries.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Farmers are being warned to ``be careful so you don't fall into manure pits.'' And to ``step up over door sills, otherwise you might fall.'' This startling information is brought to light in a pamphlet from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The contract to develop the material totaled $119,500. The cost of publishing is $347,200. This means $466,700 is being spent by the government to instruct farmers in safety habits, which, for the most part, involves nothing more than common sense.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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