Day in history for July 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Work is progressing well on the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Architect F.P. Borgolte is putting the finishing touches to the plans of the Hotel Harms, to be built this year at the corner of 18th Street and 1st Avenue, Rock Island, by Lothar Harms at a cost of $60,000.

1926 -- 75 years ago
When road construction under the $100,000,000 state bond issue program is started, Route 80 from Rock Island County south will be given early consideration, as will Route 84 from Taylor Ridge to Muscatine.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A 30-year-old woman tenant of the Avalon apartment building, 210 10th St., Rock Island, this morning confessed setting five fires in the building including two last night and three early Saturday morning. She gave no reason for her actions. Police said the woman is a former professional wrestler. Fifty-three residents of the 19-unit apartment building were endangered by the series of fires.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Randall Food Stores, a growing regional supermarket chain, has purchased four additional Quad-Cities stores, boosting its total to seven in the metropolitan area. The small chain headquartered in Mitchell, S.D., will replace four National Tea Co. stores, which is pulling its entire operation out of the area. Randall Foods will take over operation of National Food Arena, 841 42nd Ave., East Moline; and the National Food Stores at 1421 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf; 2720 W. Locust St., Davenport; and 1930 Brady St., Davenport.

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