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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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