Day in history for July 2, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
For some days past, boys have occasionally been exploding firecrackers in the alley near the Harper House stables, and on Saturday Mrs. Blocker, wife of one of the coach drivers, discovered a blazing fire in the alley close to the stable, caused by firecrackers.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The alumni association of the Gustus School of Business held its annual reunion at the Watch Tower, 200 attending.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A crowd, estimated at 5,000 people, motored to the Moline Airport to witness the lighting for the first time of the neon tubes, the first of their kind to be installed in the United States.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Yellow margarine went on sale over grocery counters in Rock Island and throughout the state for the first time yesterday. Illinois homemakers can now buy margarine colored, ready for the table. There will be no more mixing color into white margarine.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline and East Moline chambers of commerce agreed to merge in an unusual gesture of cooperation between the cities, which have long spurned consolidation suggestions and sometimes bickered openly. The consolidated group will become the Chamber of Commerce of Upper Rock Island County. Mayors of the two cities expressed support for the merger and congratulated the chambers on reaching agreement. Some observers viewed the successful merger as a starting place for future consolidation of government services in the area.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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