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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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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