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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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