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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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