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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."

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