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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