Day in history for April 3, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Mr. R. Crampton, bookseller, while on a high step ladder outside his house, today, cleaning the gutter at his kitchen roof, fell and broke his left arm near the wrist.

1901 -- 100 years ago
McCabe's had a special sale of potted plants: Begonias in full bloom 29 cents, Lady Washingtons 12 cents, and geranium plants 6 cents.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island is credited with 89 points, as against 68 points for Moline, in combating contagious diseases, by a survey of the state health department.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Traffic on U.S. 150 between Alpha and Galesburg was halted at 6 o'clock this morning when a large truck overturned on the Pope Creek bridge, four miles south of Alpha. The weight of the truck, loaded with seed corn, caved in the center of the steel and concrete bridge. It also jarred the bridge foundation loose.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Fire, believed started by spontaneous combustion, did considerable structural damage to an attached warehouse of the A.W. Dennhardt Co., East Moline, a metal finishing and packaging firm. Although fire weakened much of the wooden joints in the northwest corner of the metal building, Dennhardt says it should not curtail operations of the firm, which employs six people. The 30- by 80-foot warehouse is attached to the rear of a 60- by 80-foot main building.

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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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