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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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