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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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