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: 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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