Day in history for April 1, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport Public Library is in no way superior to our own institution in Moline. During the last month, the number of books drawn was only 796; the number of visitors was 903. The Sunday opening does not seem to be appreciated there any more than it was in Moline, as the average attendance was only 14.

1901 -- 100 years ago
All are glad to see E.D. Kohn on the Rock Island streets again after a long siege with fever.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Two Augustana College musical organizations, the Wennerberg male chorus and the concert band, leave on their annual spring tours.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Neither Rock Island firemen nor taxpayers are appreciative of the April Fool trick apparently performed by youths. Two fire trucks were sent to 15th Street and 12th Avenue where a fire alarm box had been pulled. Firemen found no fire. The false alarm vandals, to make sure the firemen understood their actions, had hung an ``April Fool'' sign on the fire box.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Sarah Beckman, Davenport, escaped serious injury this morning when fire swept through her townhouse apartment. Dense smoke generated by the blaze forced her to jump to safety from the second floor of the apartment building. Her fall was broken by shrubs surrounding the unit. Fire officials said Miss Beckman was in the downstairs section when she discovered flames in an adjacent room. Heavy smoke forced her to take to the stairs to the second floor.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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