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: 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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