Day in history for April 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The CRIAndP trains were on time this morning, both ways. The blockade is broken. When a landslide occurs they lay a new track on top of the slide.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Railroad was planning to build a new depot.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Major B.C. Dunn, engineer in charge of the Rock Island district, went to St. Louis to confer on deepening of the river's channel from the mouth of the Illinois River to St. Louis.

1951 -- 50 years ago
City officials, U.S. engineers, coast guard and Red Cross representatives joined today in preparation for serious flooding of lowland Quad-Cities areas, as a wall of water moved down the Mississippi River, threatening this section with the worst flood in 70 years. A crest of 18.5 feet at Rock Island on April 25 is predicted by the Rock Island engineer district office. Flood stage at Rock Island is 15 feet.

1976 -- 25 years ago
One of Colona's ``historic landmarks'' was earmarked for elimination at the village board meeting. It is now only a question of time before Lake Colona, a swampy marsh located on the corner of school property, will be a distant and soggy memory. Besides the ``lake'' other recreational activities will be prohibited. No longer will residents on South 2nd Street be able to canoe or fish in their back yards. Improper drainage of the lowlying area and heavy runoffs of water from Illinois 84 had created the marshy conditions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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