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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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