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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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