Day in history for March 21, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Lewis Wilson was elected president of the Rock Island County Farmers Cooperative Association. Other officers named were Charles E. Kyte and A.C. Stevens.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Captain Walter Blair was preparing to begin the season's business on the river.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Melville H. Hodge of Evanston, Ill., was named superintendent of the Rock Island playground and recreation commission. He succeeds Joseph Beal, who resigned.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Designation of Rock Island as a defense housing area will be asked by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. It was pointed out that with Rock Island Arsenal and local private plants needing additional help, the housing situation most likely will become considerably tighter, unless there is a spurt in residential construction. Federal officials are reportedly studying plans that would grant private builders constructing defense housing projects priorities to get scarce items.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Three young Davenport men took an unexpected chilling swim in the choppy water of the Mississippi. Randy Goodson, 19; Robert Griffing, 18, and Charles Richardson, 18, were treated at St. Luke's Hospital after what police described as a ``short swim in a long river.'' The three apparently fell into the river as their 14-foot runabout capsized. They were spotted waving a white T-shirt on a small island near the intersection of South Concord St. and Utah Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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