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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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