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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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