Day in history for April 28, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Silas Wright came down with a 16-string lumber raft this morning and struck pier No. 1 of the government bridge, pulling the coping off the point of the pier.

1901 -- 100 years ago
E.W. Hurst and J.T. Stafford left for a business trip through Nebraska and South Dakota.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The round-up of members for the Rock Island YMCA was brought to a successful close with total membership of the association reported at 1,201.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. will complete its millionth tractor Monday morning, L.M. Gildea, Works manager, said today. An M model is scheduled to be the millionth tractor that will roll off the assembly line about 11:30 a.m., with plant officials and Rock Island civic leaders looking on.

1976 -- 25 years ago
An old Mississippi River channel marker salvaged by Moline High School students will become the focal point of their Bicentennial project. Members of the student congress are refurbishing the 8-foot light for use as a victory light. The students received approval of the board of education to set the light in Liberty Grove, a park area they are developing for their project. The students found the discarded light last fall while building a class float on Moline Consumers property. It is believed to be 75 to 80 years old.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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