Day in history for July 24, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The old sidewalk on Orleans Street, Rock Island, from C. Tegeler's new building west to Mr. Ellis' building, has been taken up, the grade raised and a new walk is being laid.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island merchants and businessmen generally are to take a holiday. The occasion is the third annual excursion under the auspices of the Retail Merchants Association.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Funeral directors met in the Fort Armstrong Hotel and formed an organization known as the Mississippi Valley Funeral Directors Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Probably the smallest practical vehicle in Rock Island County is the new folding motor scooter acquired last week by Norton I. Kinneberg, Rock Island. He caused quite a sensation with it at the Quad-City Airport recently on its trial run. Kinneberg, a private pilot, got the scooter to carry along in his plane's baggage compartment so he will never be stranded at a strange field. Powered by a 2 1/4 horsepower motor, it can carry two persons at 30 miles per hour.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Brian Adams of Silvis is bicycling to the Olympic games in Montreal, not as a participant, but for the thrill of being a spectator. He is hoping to rub elbows with the world's greatest athletes. It would have been easier to drive to the games, but Adams said he wanted to do something different for a change. Adams has been bicycling around the Quad-Cities each day, practicing for his marathon ride.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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