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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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