Day in history for March 29, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The T.F. Ecker, the boat engaged to raise the sunken steamer Arkansas, has finished the job, and she passed here yesterday afternoon on her way to St. Louis.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The streets of the Sixth Ward in Rock Island were reported to be impassible, it being a frequent thing to see teams stuck in the mud in the neighborhood.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Fire caused real estate and personal loss of more than $4,000 to the residence occupied by the C.J. Schott family at 1049 20th St., Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A spectacular 2-alarm fire yesterday afternoon swept the warehouse of Teske Seed And Feed Co., 2423 16th St., Moline, causing an estimated $75,000 damage to the stock and building. Moline firemen were recalled this morning to the scene of the disastrous warehouse fire when fire broke out again in piles of hay and straw in the ruined building. No. 2 company went to the place at 6:12 o'clock and remained there until 9:44 o'clock. They broke up the sodden piles of hay and straw and drenched the burning mass.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Kristin M. Wiederin, 14, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Marvin Wiederin of Coal Valley, had an essay she wrote on the Swedish pioneer settlement Bishop Hill published in the Illinois State Historical Library monthly magazine. She is a eighth-grade student at Edison Junior High School, Rock Island.

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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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