Day in history for July 29, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
About 1,300 harvesters have come into this region within the past 10 days. They have caused little trouble and committed few murders.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The estimated damage of the fire in the east end of Davenport is $800,000. Not a stick is left standing in the stricken district. Between 200 and 300 people are without a roof or household goods.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Three thousand Rock Island County farmers were guests of the retail merchants of Rock Island at the Fort Armstrong Theater.

1951 -- 50 years ago
One or more persons carried two fur coats out of the Davenport Block And Kuhl store yesterday without attracting any attention in spite of the heat, Davenport police said today. The store reported last night that two coats, valued together at more than $200, were stolen from the third-floor display of furs.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline Forge Co. may close down its Moline plant and shift its operations to an Eldridge, Iowa, site. The company has purchased 120 acres of farmland in Eldridge, north of Davenport, and is seriously considering developing a new facility there, according to Tom Getz, president of the company, which has been in business in Moline since 1915. Getz said relocation from the 4104 4th Ave. site is being considered for several reasons, primarily because the business climate in Illinois is not as healthy as in some other states.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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