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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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