Day in history for April 12, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The river is coming up at the rate of eight inches every twenty-four hours and is now eleven feet one inch above low water mark.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Rafting was delayed by ice on the upper Mississippi.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Officials of the International Harvester Company stated that orders have been issued for the production of tractor parts in the former Universal Tractor plant, 43rd St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An estimated 300 telegrams were sent to Washington yesterday from the Quad-Cities regarding General MacArthur's ouster, according to information obtained at Western Union offices. Moline reported 110 wires and Davenport reported 100. The Rock Island Western Union office declined to give any information, but it was assumed on the basis of heavy volume reports yesterday that the total would be about the same as in Moline and Davenport.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The south wall of McKay's Plating, Hampton, is getting a fresh coat of paint and providing area residents with a bright look at history. Charles Howell, Hampton, a sign painter by trade, is painting three murals on the wall in honor of the Bicentennial. ``I feel industry owes something to the public by beautifying the area so the community can enjoy it,'' Wilbur McKay, owner, said. McKay and Howell are sharing the cost of the $600 project. The overall dimensions of the mural are 43 by 12 feet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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