Day in history for July 3, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
O.J. Dimick's horse ran away with his go-cart, from near the post office.

1901 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that the State Electrical Association would meet in Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The first steps in a program for the ultimate motorization of more than 1,300 miles of branch and main lines of the Rock Island are announced.

1951 -- 50 years ago
J.J. Biagini, 2355 35th St. Ct., Moline, had a definite problem to report to Rock Island police last evening. Biagini said he not only lost about 16 gallons of paint, a gallon of turpentine and three paint brushes, but the men he hired to paint a house at 3816 6th Ave., Rock Island, also disappeared. Biagini stated he delivered the paint to the Rock Island address and hired three men to paint the home. He said the men and the paint disappeared between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Vernon Moens' blooming Bicentennial spirit remains unruffled despite dry weather and 50 late flags. Moens' tribute to the Bicentennial, a 10-acre flag of red, white and blue petunias, isn't rippling in the wind as he planned because of recent dry weather. He claims the floral flag will be in full bloom by mid-August. Moens also had hoped to install gold colored poles on the south side of his ``garden'' to fly the 50 state flags. The flags haven't shown up yet. The Moens' farm is three miles southwest of Atkinson.

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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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