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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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