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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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