Day in history for August 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Shipments of arms, ammunition and accoutrements are made almost daily from the arsenal.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Beginning today, an agreement among the bakers of Rock Island went into effect. From now on, loaves of bread will be made heavier, about a pound in weight, and will sell at retail at 25 cents for six.

1926 -- 75 years ago
New steel fixtures for the vault of the county clerk's office were delivered at the Rock Island County court house.

1951 -- 50 years ago
One man was killed and another critically injured when the old KSTT radio transmitter tower they were dismantling crashed with them to the ground. They were part of a four-man crew from the Ace High Tower Erector of Pactolus, N.C., which had been working on taking down the tower located in the rear of the Independent Biscuits plant at 2529 Rockingham Road, Davenport.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A Moline couple learned today that their daughter, in the Phillipines as an exchange student, is safe and sound after an earthquake rocked the nation of islands. Therese VanderVennet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald VanderVennet, was staying in Dipolog City at the time of the earthquake. The worst of the earthquake hit the island of Mindanao. Dipolog City is on the northwest corner of the island and only minor tremors were felt. The 17-year-old girl left Moline Aug. 7 to live with the family of a physician in Dipolog.

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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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