Day in history for July 31, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Keator's And Co.'s mill shut down for a few days, owing to scarcity of logs, and also to repair the logway.

1901 -- 100 years ago
At last the end of the work of constructing the Hennepin Canal is in sight and with upwards of a million dollars the great project will be completed.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Electric power service to a dozen Rock Island industrial concerns was interrupted and both light and power service to East Moline were broken off when a bolt of lightning struck a sub-station.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Thrap and their six small children were getting settled today in their new home, thanks to the kindness of an East Moline restaurant owner and a local landlord. The family arrived here from Michigan and was forced to sleep in the family car in an East Moline park. Mr. Thrap, a welder, came to East Moline to seek employment and succeeded in finding a job. However, finding a house was another story. The family ate their meals at the Jimmy Sullivan Restaurant all last week and Sullivan took it upon himself to find a house for the family.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A haunting, cast-iron sound of yesteryear is swelling into the grandstand during the 119th Henry County Fair. The old starter bell, which sent horses down the track, has been dug up, refurbished and reinstated. It was taken down decades ago when starting gates replaced it. The starting gates will still be used, but the bell will toll too, for the sake of history.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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