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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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