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 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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