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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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