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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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