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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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