Day in history for July 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Work at Weyerheauser And Denkmann's saw mill came to a sudden stop owing to the blowing out of a cylinder head of the large engine, caused by the breaking of a crosshead strap. Nobody was hurt.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A fire in a traveling man's grip, which contained a number of celluloid combs and other toilet articles, created a small panic on a crowded bridge line car while passing across the Rock Island bridge.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The tool shop unit of the International Harvester Co., which will eventually employ about 1200 men, went into operation on a small scale.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County Clerk's office will begin mailing notices of suspension of registration to thousands of voters who have not been exercising their right to vote. The suspension notices will go to persons who failed to vote during the last four years.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A Malaysian man is spending two weeks in the Quad-Cities as a result of a 38-year pen-pal relationship between his father and Moline's Mrs. John Trevor. As a student at Franklin Junior High, Rock Island, Verna Starofsky, now the wife of a Moline hardware dealer, responded to a newspaper promotion offering the names of pen pals in foreign countries. She received the address of Bhagwan Singh in Malaysia. The two have corresponded ever since, except for a break during World War II, and Harjit Singh Hullon, 23, is in Moline this week to visit his family's longtime friends.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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