Day in history for April 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A portion of Bengston's block was flooded with water the night of the fire at Babcock's Foundry.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Word was received from Washington, D.C., to the effect that President McKinley would spend an hour-and-a-half in Rock Island on June 11.

1926 -- 75 years ago
George Huber, Rock Island, was installed as dictator of Rock Island Lodge No. 190, Loyal Order of Moose.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Payday for Moline city employees, an event as happy for them as it is for other wage earners, was doubly so today. Those on monthly wages found their salaries increased by $18.75, minus, of course, the extra income tax deduction, and hourly employees had an increase of 18 cents an hour. The increase was made possible by the general fund tax increase voted March 20 by Moline citizens.

1976 -- 25 years ago
``We're having far too many fires over there,'' Rock Island Fire Chief Glen Ayers said as his men continued probing the latest of a series of mysterious blazes at Augustana College. The latest fire, in the dining room of Andreen Hall, did an estimated $27,000 damage. Ayers said the department does not believe the Andreen Hall fire was ``the result of natural causes or a mechanical failure.'' Over the past several weeks, a half dozen or more fires, most of them minor, have been discovered on the Augustana campus.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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