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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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