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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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