Day in history for August 29, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
This was the first day of our county fair.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Argillo Works at Carbon Cliff, owned by J.F. Robinson and Fred Titterington of Rock Island, has started a new machine for the manufacture of a plastic fire brick.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The third annual parade of the Rock Island playground children with their new lanterns, staged in Long View Park, set a new mark with 150 entries.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two Rock Island boys, ages 6 and 7, were being questioned by Policewoman Madeline L. Johnson today in connection with the smashing of a neon church sign and windows in used cars. The boys were taken into custody last night after they reportedly were seen throwing stones at a sign at First Lutheran Church, 406 14th St., and breaking windows in cars at the Buck Buick used car lot, 4th Ave. and 14th St. H.P. Buck, proprietor of the Buick firm, said about ten car windows have been smashed at the used car lot in the last four or five days. He estimated damage at $100.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A firecracker thrown from a passing car as two ambulance attendants were lifting a patient onto a stretcher at 2534 7th Ave., Rock Island, Saturday night, resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old youth and a 17-year-old girl on charges of reckless conduct and possession of fireworks. According to police, the firecracker hit the stretcher, fell to the ground and exploded.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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