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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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