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: 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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