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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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