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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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