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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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