Day in history for April 11, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The water hydrant in front of May Bros. old stand has burst and a good stream of water boils up there and finds its way into the gutter.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Superintendent of Schools H.B. Hayden announced that the grammar schools would be given a 4-day vacation because of the meetings of the Western Drawing Teachers' Association.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The W.J. Quinlan, ferry which is to operate between Rock Island and Davenport this season, steamed up to its new dock on the Rock Island waterfront.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Charges at the Indian Bluff Golf Course were upped to a straight 65 cents per round by the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. The charge will prevail every day, Sundays and holidays included. Previously, prices have been 50 cents for weekdays and 65 cents for Sundays and holidays. The golf course is open tomorrow for the season.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Most people go to Florida in winter to play some golf, fish, or just loaf in the sunshine. But not the George DeMonts of East Moline. They spent three months in Florida collecting ``live'' shells. George estimates that maybe they have 300 to 400 pounds of shells. He explained that the shells he has are not the kind you find on the beach. You have to go into the water to find them. Most of the shells that people find on the beaches are white, but since the DeMonts collected ``live'' ones, their colors are of pastel shades.

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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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