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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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