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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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