Day in history for March 25, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The ferry Twin City which plies between Cordova and Port Byron broke its moorings and floated down the river, striking a pier on the bridge at Davenport and breaking down the smoke stack and otherwise damaging her. She was picked up by the Colossal near Andalusia, towed to Rock Island, and put on the way for repairs.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ice began moving in the Mississippi River.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A permit was issued for the building of the $55,000 South Park Presbyterian Church.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A large crowd of interested people attended the community school meeting at Seaton Thursday night. It was pointed out that the state law requirement for high school attendance is 15 to a class. If the school cannot have the required number, it will be discredited and receive little state aid. Seaton has had an enrollment of 20 the past few years and will not have the required number next year.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Livestock feeder Ronald Baughman, Midway, Ill., has developed an unusual way of cutting his animal feed cost by nearly 10 cents a pound. Instead of the customary corn and soybean mix, Baughman feeds his livestock bread, cookies, cocoa nut shells, crackers, flour, peanut skins and cake and brownie mixes, which he buys in five-ton lots. ``The pigs are a lot like children,'' said Baughman. ``They have a sweet tooth and they like chocolate brownie mix.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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