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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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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