Day in history for April 29, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The new Gault Home, Moline, opens its doors to the public with clean rooms and new furniture. Mr. Gault intends making it a home for the weary in all respects. The proprietor is an enterprising hotel keeper.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Axel Olson, a boarder, while drunk last night, caused a panic among the guests of the Windsor Hotel, Moline, by firing three shots from a revolver in the office. No one was hit. Olson was fined $5 today in the Moline court.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Samuel Gellerman, Rock Island, was elected chairman of the United Palestine Appeal in the Tri-Cities.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Musical talent which spans a continent converged on the Quad-Cities this weekend to take part in the massed choral program in Wharton Fieldhouse, Moline, the climax of a 12-week festival of sacred music sponsored by the Council of Churches of Rock Island County. Dr. Charles C. Hirt, professor of music at the University of Southern California, directed the combined choirs.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Two East Moline nurses aides and three Silvis policemen were honored for their life saving actions last February in evacuating 18 residents from the Happy Haven Nursing Home, Silvis, after fire broke out. Recognized for their bravery were Mrs. Sylvia Eichorn, Mrs. Janie Fiebig, and Officers Tom Williams, Mel Malmloff and Jack Vogler. The citations were presented by the Silvis Optimist Club, Mayor Bill Tatman and State Rep. Oral Jacobs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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