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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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