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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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