Day in history for March 15, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. John A. Hannegan of Hampton was critically injured when a 7-year-old boy discharged a revolver. The bullet struck her in the forehead.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A small fire was quickly extinguished at the Rock Island And Peoria depot. Damage was nominal.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Thomas F. Raisbeck was appointed to the Rock Island police force to take the place of Al Engels, who resigned.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island and Moline today were named among seven midwestern cities as operating points for a white slavery and narcotics ring which was cracked yesterday in Chicago by Chicago police and government narcotics agents. The tie-up of Rock Island to the alleged white slavery ring brought immediate condemnation from Mayor Melvin L. McKay. He declared: ``Whoever made the statement had no right to name Rock Island as far as any such practices are concerned. The statement is as malicious as the alleged practices.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Anne Johnson of Moline has recently landed a job playing viola in one of the top symphony orchestras in Germany, the National Theater Orchestra of Mannheim. Anne graduated from Moline High School, Northwestern and got a master's at Yale. For the last two years Anne has been playing with a symphony orchestra in Berlin, but the orchestra in Mannheim is considered more prestigious.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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