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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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