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 fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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