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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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