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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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