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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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