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: 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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