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: 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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