Day in history for July 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island celebrated July 4 with a parade and decorations of flags and boughs over streets and stores. Steamboats and boxcars bringing thousands of people were greeted with cannon salutes.

1901 -- 100 years ago
An estimated $5,000 was spent for fireworks by Rock Island residents. There were no fires and only 13 persons injured, an unusually small list of accidents.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Ivan Fahay, 14, Rock Island, leaped into the Hennepin Canal at Lock 31 and rescued an unidentified woman.

1951 -- 50 years ago
While citizens throughout the land were hopeful that the guns in Korea would soon be silent, a series of roaring bangs and brilliant fireworks displays lighted the darkened skies before an enthusiastic crowd of 11,000 persons at the Rock Island Public Schools Stadium last night. The Fourth of July eve show entertained the largest crowd in the 11 years the Jaycees have sponsored the pyrotechnic displays.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A group of demonstrators, citing the Bicentennial as a time for spiritual evaluation, picketed Saturday outside a Rock Island adult theater and bookstore to protest immorality. Vandals expressed apparent dissatisfaction with the celebration in Moline earlier in the day by desecrating one flag and turning two others upside down. Upside down flags are used in imitation of an internationally recognized signal of distress.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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