Day in history for March 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Travel over the ferry boat is very good at present.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Weckel's Grocery advertised best creamery butter at 22 1/2 cents a pound.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Librarians of libraries located in neighboring communities will hold a regional conference at the Rock Island Public Library.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A Galesburg man had an aspirin box and two little pieces of glass to show for his $300 today. Two strangers showed him a pair of diamonds in an aspirin box several days ago and he had them appraised at $900. He offered to buy them for $300. The strangers made delivery yesterday and disappeared. When he opened the aspirin box he found nothing but two pieces of glass. He said he wished the strangers had left some aspirin there too.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Rural Rock Island County residents who fail to receive the expected letter from mother should check to see if she was notified of the new address. John Bromley, Rock Island Postmaster, said today carriers will no longer deliver mail in rural areas unless it it addressed with the new county-wide numbering system. The new system was announced in April of 1975, but mail addressed to either the old or new location has been delivered so far. Bromley said the post office has worked diligently to notify everyone of the changes and urge them to notify friends, relatives and other correspondents.

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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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