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: 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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