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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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