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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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