Day in history for July 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Men are at work tearing down the old First Presbyterian Church, recently used for school purposes, west of St. Joseph's Church, to make room for a parsonage which is to be erected there.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Fire swept over an area of 15 acres in the east end of Davenport entailing a loss that is estimated at $800,000.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island received a thorough inspection by 44 students of the Illinois Normal University.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A 25-year-old Moline man is reported in fair condition today at Moline Public Hospital after surviving a 55-foot tumble from the top of a building at the Rock Island Millwork Company plant. Charles Beckingham was working as a laborer for the Stoehr And Palmgren contracting firm, Moline, which is installing an elevator shaft at the millwork plant. Fellow workmen who witnessed the fall said Beckingham narrowly escaped more serious injuries by striking a patch of sand when he tumbled to the ground.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A young man employed as a dog catcher by the City of Rock Island was caught himself after he attempted to flee from police on his motorcycle and then on foot in Rock Island. He was ticketed on charges of driving without lights, disregarding a stop sign, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. The chase began at 14th St. and 7th Ave. where an officer spotted the motorcycle without its headlight on and the young man disregarded the policeman's order to stop.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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