Day in history for April 25, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A switch engine on the Rockford Road ran off the track at the foot of East Eagle Street last evening. An open switch was the cause.

1901 -- 100 years ago
There were 43 members in the senior class of Rock Island High School.

1926 -- 75 years ago
White caps four feet high were whipped up on the surface of the ordinarily calm Mississippi, under the lash of a northwesterly gale humming along from at 30 to 50 miles an hour.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Damage estimated at $12,200 resulted from a fire which gutted a third floor attic of an apartment and store building at 513-515 17th St., Rock Island, directly across the street from the Central Fire Station, yesterday afternoon. The No. 1 fire company and the aerial ladder truck made one of their shortest major fire runs in the department's history to fight the blaze.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The weekend sky over the vacant lot at 23rd Ave. and 53rd St., Moline, is turned into a small-scale Cape Canaveral by area model rocket buffs. Between 30 and 50 people gather to see their hand-crafted rockets blast-off and climb into the sky before falling in a distant corner of the lot. Wes Eller of Moline is generally acknowledged as the instigator of the rocket mania on the lot. Eller built model airplanes as a hobby when he was in the service.

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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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