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: 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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