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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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