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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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