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: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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