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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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