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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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