Day in history for July 21, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Savana, up this morning with a tow of coal barges, lost her wheel when one of the driving shafts broke just as she passed the bridge.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Arsenal shops resumed work, after a two-week shutdown, the men having enjoyed their first vacation with pay under the new law.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Four businessmen, John W. Dee, Dale N. Johnson, John B. Hawley and Harry E. Long, have undertaken the job of guiding the Rock Island Independents through their first year in the American League of professional football clubs.

1951 -- 50 years ago
How would you like to live 730 miles from your work and commute to your home on weekends in less than two hours? It is done and proof of it is furnished by Lt. Loren Parry, 28, a Navy jet-fighter pilot who is stationed at Whiting Field, Pensacola, Fla., and whose family lives in Moline. For the last three Saturdays Lt. Parry has hopped into his F-80 Shooting Star at Pensacola after breakfast and has been in Moline by mid-morning.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline's 12th Avenue would become part of ``Bicentennial Way'' through Moline, East Moline and Silvis if the city approves a proposal from the Bicentennial Commission. The avenue would be renamed along with 30th Avenue, East Moline, and 11th Avenue, Silvis, to form the Bicentennial Way. The proposal is expected to go before the city council tonight for consideration.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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