Day in history for July 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Bricklaying has commenced on Kellerstrass' Star Block extension.

1901 -- 100 years ago
At last, after a number of cruel disappointments in which all signs of rain failed, the drought that has prevailed in this neighborhood since July 2 has been broken, and the parching earth has been given a drink an inch in depth.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A street shower has been installed at Denkmann Park in Rock Island and was formally opened for youngsters.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The famous Moline elm will be marked with a plaque at dedication ceremonies, culminating a 7-year campaign by the garden department of the Moline Woman's Club. The 48-year-old tree, first of a type of elm which has since been planted throughout the United States, is located at 1424 12th St. and is owned by the city. It is said to be the most perfect elm in the midwest.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A ``careless mistake'' was responsible for the explosion and fire early Saturday that destroyed a Rock Island service station, fire officials believe. Fire officials said 300 gallons of gas overflowed into Bill Johnson's Skelly service station, 3101 11th St., about 2 a.m., when a gasoline delivery truck driver pumped 800 gallons of gas into a 550-gallon waste oil storage tank. Fire Marshall Dale Carlson called the incident ``unfortunate,'' adding, ``It was just one of those darned things. The chances are that it wouldn't happen again in 100 years.

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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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