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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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