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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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