Day in history for August 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The sawdust of Anawalt And Denkmann's mill is still burning.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Porter Skinner, one of the oldest residents of Rock Island and a pioneer of the county, died.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Experiments on the new headlight invented by Fred Appelquist of Rock Island are being made by the night flivvers of the police department.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An attractive blond girl, seen often by millions of TV viewers on the Fred Waring television show, is vacationing in Rock Island. She is Mrs. Lewis Eley, the former Miss Jean Ryden. Both violinists, she and her husband, are members of the Fred Waring orchestra. The Pennsylvanians present one of the top-rated television musicals over CBS through WHBF-TV. Mr. and Mrs. Eley, now spending a few days of their vacation with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. E. Ryden, 3400 10th Ave., Rock Island, will start new rehearsals with the cast about Sept. 1.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A break or short circuit in the underground electrical wiring system of two of Silvis' three water pumps has left the city without enough water supply. The city has one well in operation and is pumping water from East Moline, but, according to Marlin Laity, street superintendent, residents are ``using water faster than we can pump it.'' Silvis Fire Chief Norman Schadt issued a warning to residents this morning, asking them to use as little water as possible.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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