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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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