Day in history for April 18, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The scheme to pump out the slough has been abandoned.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Railroad disbursed nearly $40,000 in salaries to its Rock Island employees.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Illinois Supreme Court refused John P. Looney the right to give bail for his release from the Illinois State Penitentiary.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Regular production will be halted after today at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Company, officials said, because of a strike of 215 trucking and materials handling workers. At the same time, it was announced that the Farm Equipment Workers-UE Union filed a grievance this morning protesting the firing of four men involved in a fight near the plant last week. The striking workers have refused to work apparently in protest of the discharges.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Westbrook Singers of the Quad-Cities may hold a national record. Is there any other professional entertainment group in the country that can claim 11 brothers and sisters as part of the act? The Westbrook children, six boys and five girls, have been involved in music all their lives, but it wasn't until 1975 that they organized professionally as the Westbrook Singers. The versatile vocal-instrumental ensemble combines gospel music with jazz, rock, blues and country-western. Parents of the Westbrooks are the Rev. and Mrs. Charles Westbrook, East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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