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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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