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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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