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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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