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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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