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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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