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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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