Day in history for July 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
There was no lack of refreshments on the Fourth. The hotels were well patronized.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rev. G.B. Simons, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rock Island, left for Columbus, Ohio.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A baseball game between farmers residing in the upper and lower parts of the county will be one of the features of the annual picnic of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two Davenport residents were fined $15 each this morning in Rock Island police court for disturbing the peace last night by throwing illegal fireworks from a car at 11th Street and 21st Avenue, Rock Island. The youths were arrested by state police. An Alexis youth, arrested last evening on a similar charge involving illegal fireworks thrown from a car, faces a hearing in police court Saturday.

1976 -- 25 years ago
At least five people were injured by short-falling fireworks during a display at Soule Bowl, souring an otherwise perfect day of festivities in East Moline. Four of the people were injured when aerial displays exploded near the ground, showering spectators in the grassy area of the northwest side of the bowl with flaming material. A fireworks firm employee was apparently burned when a pyrotechnic exploded on the ground. Other people were also treated for ashes and other materials that fell in their eyes while watching the display. They did not require hospital treatment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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