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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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