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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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