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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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