Day in history for July 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A team, used in moving James Broderick's house, became frightened at a locomotive on the St. Louis Road, and ran down Illinois Street as far as Nichol's boarding house, where the horses ran into a vegetable wagon.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Veterinary surgeons are just now busy doctoring the many equines suffering with the grip, catarrhal fever, influenza, or whatever it is that is at present raging among the unfortunate beasts.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Quad-Cities is in danger of losing air mail service unless there is an increase in the amount of mail sent from this territory.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Fort Theater has installed a complete new projection system and is using the equipment for the first time with the current feature, it was announced today by W. Rod McCulloch Jr., manager. Included in the improvements are a new RCA sound reproducing system, a larger even-light screen and a new projector mechanism with special lenses. Rock Island movie fans can now enjoy the same high standard of sound as that in the finest theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall, New York City.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Ronnie Redell say's he sure he doesn't want another piece of watermelon this summer. The 9-year-old gobbled seven pieces during a watermelon eating contest at Silvis Park to claim the championship. All six contestants, dripping with juice at the end, moaned they had eaten too much.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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