Day in history for April 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Quite a number of citizens assembled at the rooms of the Athletic Club last evening to consider the propriety of attempting a grand centennial celebration of the Fourth of July.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The ladies auxiliary of Trinity Episcopal Church elected Mrs. H.H. Chase to be president for the coming year.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Percy Brown, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brown, is the 1926 marble champion of Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
More than 100 men with heavy power equipment are working today to repair the main line of the Rock Island Lines a mile east of Atkinson. The track was torn up for a distance of 600 feet at 1:30 o'clock this morning when 17 cars of a fast westbound Chicago-Houston freight train were derailed. No one was injured in the mishap.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Moline man who pushed a wheelbarrow from here to Boston in a 1930 publicity stunt did it on a bet, according to Dean Smith, a Green Rock resident who says he's the stuntman's son. Smith says his father Robert E. Smith, made the walk on a bet, although the amount was insignificant, and because it gave him something to do during the Depression. The wheelbarrow, which is box-type and still painted with slogans from the walk, was recently found in the attic above the garage of a house just purchased by William Rummells.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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