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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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