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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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