Day in history for April 22, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Henry L. Benn, Moline, has just received the Mexican War medal from Washington. Mr. Benn served in the First United States Artillery during the war, and was honorably discharged at its close. The medal will be a free passport to the Centennial over all the roads leading to Philadelphia, and free quarters while there.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Joe Patten, 14, Rock Island, was run over by a beer wagon in front of the No. 2 hose house and received injuries in the abdomen. He was playing marbles in the street and attempted to dodge in front of the team.

1926 -- 75 years ago
K.T. Anderson, cashier of the State Bank of Rock Island, was elected president of the Rock Island County Federation of the Illinois State Bankers' Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Amid cautious predictions that the Mississippi River may not reach the 19-foot level at Rock Island, the Quad-Cities region today entered the stretch drive in the battle to contain the glutted stream. The revised crest forecast raised hope that Rock Island's temporary sandbag dike will hold the flood waters out.

1976 -- 25 years ago
For the second year in a row, the cost of a swim at Moline's Riverside Park pool will go up. The park board has agreed to increase the season tickets another $1 to $8 for children and $12 for adults, $30 for family passes. General admission prices also were increased a dime to 50 cents for children and 75 cents for adults.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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