Day in history for March 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mr. William H. Saddler, Moline, has invented a car-coupler, which throws all others in the shade. There will now be no more bruised hands or broken bodies, all will be lovely and peaceful with the brakeman. The C.R.I And P. railroad are having some put upon their cars for trial. If it is successful, Mr. Saddler may as well consider his fortune made.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ice began moving in the Mississippi River.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Superintendent of Parks John G. Evans will supervise all tree cutting in Rock Island in the future.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Moline High School basketball team received a hearty welcome and congratulations on their return from Champaign after reaching the finals in the Illinois state basketball tournament. Moline became the No. 2 team of the state's 756 schools that started the tourney grind four weeks ago. A welcome home party for the players was held in Wharton Fieldhouse.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A young East Moline kidney transplant patient made medical history. Mrs. Bonnie Horton is believed to be the world's first kidney transplant patient to deliver twins. The two boys, Travis and Tracey, were born at University Hospitals, Iowa City, weighing in at 2.16 and 2.6 pounds. The were eight weeks premature. Mrs. Horton had a kidney transplant operation March 20, 1975, at University Hospitals.

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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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