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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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