Day in history for March 24, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A new pipe organ built by Lancashire And Turner of Moline has been installed in the alcove of Central Presbyterian Church.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Peoples Power Company planned extensive improvements in the southern part of the city.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Miss Mary E. Dillon has been elected to succeed Frank T. Hulswit as president of the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The retail price of milk will be increased 1 cent a quart tomorrow by most Quad-City dairies. Other milk products will be upped. The increase will bring the price of a quart of regular bottled milk to 20 cents for the first time since July 1948. A dairy spokesman said the increases were necessary because of increased costs in milk production.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Long after the cars, tractors and odds and ends kept in the Dean Johnson barn are useless with age, memories of good times in his ``basketball barn'' will remain. While the first floor of the structure, built on two acres at the northeast edge of Orion, looks like any other barn, the second floor, converted to a 50-foot long and 25-foot wide basketball court, has become a haven for area roundball enthusiasts. ``We have an `open barn' policy here,'' Johnson said. ``Anyone can come and play basketball at anytime, even at night.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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