Day in history for April 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The steamer Diamond Jo struck one of the draw piers when coming down this morning, tearing away a part of her larboard guard from about mid-ship aft.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The contract for building the new Sacred Heart Church was awarded to C.J. Larkin and N. Juhl.

1926 -- 75 years ago
All prizes in the temperance essay contest conducted among Rock Island school children by the Women's Christian Temperance Union this year were awarded to pupils in the Lincoln School.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Quad-Cities and state police are blanketing the entire western Illinois and eastern Iowa area this afternoon in an attempt to trap a lone, armed bandit who fled with $1,129 after a daring daylight holdup shortly after 10 o'clock this morning at the 400 Club, a tavern, 401 4th Ave., Rock Island. The bandit, about 25, fired two shots into a mirror and wall of the tavern during the holdup.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Carol Boyd, Prophetstown, went deep-sea fishing just once, and then only because friends asked her along. Now she's redecorating her home bar in an undersea motif so she has an appropriate place to keep the 435-pound shark she caught. After struggling an hour and 10 minutes to land the 10-foot fish last Oct. 23 in Gulf Stream waters off the coast of Miami Beach, she decided to have it ``hollow mounted'' because ``after all that work he was coming home with me.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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