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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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