Day in history for March 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Wilshire of Little Rock, Ark., wife of the Hon. W.W. Wilshire, member of congress from that district, was at the Harper House Saturday night on her way to Cordova to see her father (Mr. Reynolds) who is dangerously ill.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The board of education held a special meeting to examine plans for the new high school building.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Attorneys for John Looney conferred in Peoria to make plans to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court the murder and conspiracy cases of which Looney was convicted.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Daniel Rene and Stephen Rene Meiresonne, 1-year-old twins of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Meiresonne, 119 14th St., Silvis, who observed their first birthday yesterday, will not have another Easter birthday this century. Mrs. Meiresonne is a native of Rock Island, and Mr. Meiresonne, formerly of Geneseo, is now employed by the Rock Island office of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Bob Hope, famous entertainer and humanitarian, will be the speaker for the 94th annual commencement May 9 at St. Ambrose College. The graduation ceremony will be held on the lawn under the oaks in front of Ambrose Hall. Seating will be reserved for the St. Ambrose College family, graduates and their families, and guests. Mr. Hope's participation in the commencement was initiated last fall by Scott Oyen, president of the senior class.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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