Day in history for April 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Street Commissioner Ziegler today had 35 men and 13 teams at work on Moline Avenue putting that thoroughfare in good condition.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A new grand piano was installed at Villa de Chantal.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Zionists of the Tri-Cities began conducting the United Palestine Appeal, with headquarters in Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Using binoculars, two Moline policemen last night watched a barboo dice game on the second floor of a building a block away and then raided the place, seizing the operator and five players. One of the players, alarmed by the arrival of Police Chief Harry Fromme and Detective Sergeant Ivar Anderson, leaped from the second floor window in the building, landed among a pile of dismantled cars and other junk and then fled. Fromme said he had received a number of complaints that the barboo game, a Greek form of craps, was being played in the second floor room at 244 3rd Ave., and during the past several weeks the place has been under surveillance.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Simon Vandersnick began wondering about an unidentified grave at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson, shortly after he became caretaker three years ago. He assumed it was the grave of a forgotten Civil War soldier and tried to let it go at that. But over the months and years his curiosity grew. The limited information available indicates Charles VanLanshoot rests in the grave of the ``unknown soldier.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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