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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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