Day in history for March 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Burglars attempted to blow open the safe in W.L. Reed And Company's lumber yard office in Rock Island. To cover their tracks they set fire to the office, which was burned and with it about $5,000 worth of lumber.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Local markets quote coal at $3 a ton, potatoes at 40 cents a bushel, butter at 23 cents a pound and turkeys at 8 cents a pound.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Officer Charles Miner will join the Rock Island Police Department motorcycle squad in April.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An economy move backfired today, costing Rock Island County better than $250, when a jury trial in circuit court had to be put off because the elevator was out of order and the plaintiff, a wheelchair patient, could not be moved to the third-floor courtroom. After almost two hours delay, Judge Ray Klingbiel excused the panel of 30 jurors until 9 tomorrow morning.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Quad-Cities law enforcement agencies arrested 19 persons after a series of raids on area businesses and residences. The arrests culminate a seven-month investigation by Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) agents and the Illinois Bureau of Investigation (IBI). More than two dozen people were named in suppressed drug charge indictments by a Rock Island County grand jury Wednesday, and law enforcement authorities began making the arrests late Wednesday.

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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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