Day in history for August 21, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The annual camp meeting of the Methodists of the Rock Island district will begin at the grounds of Tyndall's Grove, four miles south of Milan.

1901 -- 100 years ago
General Manager Potter, of the D.R.I And N.W. Road, stated that his company was about ready to begin improvements on its freight depot on 17th Street, Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Long View girls' ukulele club won the 1926 group championship of the Rock Island playgrounds.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A 20-year agreement whereby United Township High School will pay to the city of East Moline the sum of $2,000 annually for the use of Soule Stadium was entered into at last night's city council session. It is the first time that the school has been required to pay for the use of the PWA-constructed athletic bowl.

1976 -- 25 years ago
If Donald Farr was bald, he'd probably be dead. The East Moline man touched a high voltage power line while doing some electrical work in a crane bucket 40 feet in the air and would have fallen had a companion not grabbed him by the hair. Farr was installing power lines for Corey Electric at 25th St. and 3rd Ave., East Moline, when he brushed against a 70,000 volt power line and was knocked unconscious. Paul Berube, Milan, a co-worker seized Farr's shirt. The shirt began to rip so Berube grabbed Farr's hair instead.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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