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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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