Day in history for March 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Daniel Corcoran and Patrick Carey were seriously injured while at work at the Rock Island Arsenal.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Major C. McD. Townsend was placed in charge of the Hennepin Canal in this vicinity.

1926 -- 75 years ago
E.W. Robinson was nominated for assistant supervisor by Republicans of South Rock Island Township.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The construction of new television stations in the Quad-City area, and changes in the present allocation of channels may follow a proposed ``thaw'' in the 30-month-old federal ban on TV construction. Station WQUA, Moline, has an application filed with the commission, and plans to start building a TV station as soon as permitted, a WQUA spokesman said today. Station KSTT of Davenport also has filed, and plans to enter the TV field when practical.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A widespread grass fire with smoke that could be seen for several miles in the Quad-Cities was fought by East Moline and Silvis firefighters. The uncontrollable fire burned through swampy grassland near the unincorporated Babcock Addition, in the rear of the Silvis Yards of the Rock Island Lines. Firefighters were called to the fire at 4:22 p.m. and spent several hours attempting to cut off the fire. Firemen left the scene about 6:50 p.m. but returned again at 9:30 p.m. for a half hour.

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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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