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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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