Day in history for April 30, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Someone attempted to break into Geo. Henry's grocery store, opposite Palace Row, last night, but they had to give it up as a bad job.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A 40-box system of fire alarms was ordered installed by the Rock Island city council.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. L.E. Tomlinson of Morrison, Ill., is the winner of the radio receiving set offered by The Argus as the prize in the radio picture puzzle contest.

1951 -- 50 years ago
As floodwaters continued to course across nearly 5,000 acres of rich Rock Island County farm land today following yesterday's levee breaks, flood workers in the area continued their efforts to prevent future cleavages in the dikes. Meanwhile, the Rock Island flood situation showed some improvement with a reading today of 17.8 feet, a drop of .4 from yesterday. A steady fall in this area was predicted by the Rock Island District of the United States Engineers.

1976 -- 25 years ago
American Federal Savings And Loan Association, Davenport, will unveil a major step toward the cashless society everyone's heard so much about starting May 17. Using a touch-tone phone, the new Phone-A-Payment system will allow customers to pay selected merchants, landlords, dairies, department stores, insurance companies, national and oil company credit cards and utilities, all merely by ``talking to a computer.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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