Day in history for March 22, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Charles Small of Illinois City drowned in the Mississippi River while attempting to cross from the Iowa shore to Drury's Landing.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Shoe Company considered removing the concern to the old watch factory on Vandruff's Island, near Milan.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Fire in the basement of the former Illinois Theater building, 16th St. and 2nd Ave., Rock Island, caused an estimated property damage of $5,000.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The city of Davenport will have monkeys for sale in the near future. At a meeting yesterday, the Davenport park board authorized the purchase of 50 new monkeys from a Florida concern, at a cost of $20 apiece. They are expected to arrive along with warm weather. The present colony of 22 monkeys will be sold.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Residents in Orion are answering their doorbells and finding two boys canvassing the town for contributions for a friend. The friend is Doug Lieving, 14, of rural Orion, who underwent surgery March 16 for amputation of his left leg below the hip. A short time ago it was discovered that Doug had a malignant tumor on his thigh. The boys who are taking contributions are Lon Almquist and David Muse, who were town neighbors of Doug before he moved into the country. The boys are canvassing the town ``to help Doug and make him feel better. With the money we want him to buy himself something.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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