Day in history for March 31, 2001

1901 -- 100 years ago
A team of horses broke from a hitching post at 16th St. and 4th Ave., Rock Island, and ran away, colliding with a buggy belonging to J.G. Huntoon, which was tied in front of Clemann And Salzmann's Store.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Blanketed with snow from six inches to three feet deep, Rock Island was slowly recovering from the effects of a blizzard termed the most damaging storm in 30 years.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Ol' Bugs Bunny perched himself on the desk of The Argus society editor today, drew a big breath and exclaimed: ``The big coloring contest for the boys and girls was one of the finest things I ever saw: 1,044 entrants and, boy, oh boy, the quality of those prize-winning sketches!''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Last night when the alarm of fire was given the Rescue boys were unable to get to the fire on account of their cart getting stuck in a mud hole near Dr. Gregg's residence, and there were not enough men present to pull it out.Many Quad-Cities home buyers are building their second or third new houses, and that makes it rough on first-time, middle income buyers, according to a Rock Island County Home Builders Association official. Many qualified first-time home buyers are unable to enter the market because builders are occupied with larger, more expensive homes. It also costs a builder more today to buy land and develop it to meet ``stringent'' city codes and high engineering costs than in years past.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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