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 Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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