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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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