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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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