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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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