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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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