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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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