Day in history for April 27, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The funeral of Patrick F. Molony, the young man who was run over by switch engine No. 31, and killed, near the upper depot, yesterday morning, took place this forenoon.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Chicago, Burlington And Quincy Railroad ordered gates put in at the crossing at 18th, 19th and 20th Streets, Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Rock Island City Council voted to award a contract for the purchase of a new touring car for emergency purposes.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An estimated $600 damage resulted at 3:20 p.m. in a blaze in a waste paper shaft at Alleman Catholic High School, 40th Street and 11th Avenue, Rock Island. Firemen said the blaze started in an accumulation of paper at the bottom of the shaft in the basement of the school. Firemen used only 20 gallons of water to douse the flames.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Everyone dreams of hitting a jackpot, and it nearly came true for Dick Weaver of Moline, who found what first appeared to be one of the rarest of all coins. Now thought to be only a replica of the original, the coin's value still is estimated at $500. While working in his yard he dug up a coin dated 1855 and carrying a $20 denomination. It looks like an authentic ``double eagle.'' If the coin were an original it would be worth about $3,000 one Philadelphia numismatist said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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