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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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