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: 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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