Day in history for March 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
H.E. West has sold his stock and fixtures at the Harper House billiard saloon to Messrs. Hurd and Holberten.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The ice on the river has gone out and the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann firm is preparing to put its raft boats into service.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Henry Thomas, Rock Island High School football player, was elected to membership in the National Athletic Scholarship Society.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Civil actions seeking the permanent closing of five alleged houses of ill fame in Rock Island were filed in Rock Island County circuit court today by State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran. The five complaints charge the defendents with keeping and maintaining women at the places for immoral purposes for a fee. The injunction suits were filed against the reputed houses of ill fame to assist the police in keeping disorderly conduct out of Rock Island.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Three persons were bitten by a German shepherd dog in Rapids City, including a little boy who may owe his life to two workmen who came to his rescue. Tom Taulbee and Ron Downey were working nearby when the dog attacked 5 year old Tony Garcia. Taulbee ran over and started kicking the dog until it let the boy loose, and Downey carried the boy to safety. The dog ran across the yard and bit Elaine Berry in the arm, then ran on and bit Tony McClure. The injured boy and woman were treated and released at Illini Hospital, Silvis, and McClure was treated at a physician's office.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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