Day in history for April 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The old Chris Webber Foundry, at Arsenal Street, owned by T.A. Babcock, and occupied by Fleming And Co., was discovered to be on fire in the north gable end, just before dark last evening. It was entirely destroyed.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Bishop Camiles Paul Maes of Covington, Ky., visited at the Villa de Chantal, the academy having been located in his diocese before it was removed to Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The ``Clean Up, Paint Up and Keep It Up'' parade furnished the sensational opening of the campaign week.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Constellation plane carrying General MacArthur and his party passed over the Quad-Cities at a height of 19,000 feet at 8:57 o'clock last night. The crew of the plane was in contact with communications at the Quad-City Airport and received weather and other information, it was reported.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Conversation replaced confrontation over the weekend as the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club roared through the tiny community of Woodhull without incident. The 100 club members came to put on a good show and that's just what they did, said Woodhull Police Chief Bill Bernard. Besides staging a 12 hour party at Bain's Tap, the colorfully clad cyclists showed off their bikes, signed autographs for local youths and mingled quietly with policemen called in to combat feared violence. The violence never materialized.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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