Day in history for April 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island is putting on city airs, witness the sign over the door of the Atlantic And Pacific telegraph office, ``Railroad Ticket Office, Tickets Bought, Sold or Exchanged.'' And on the sidewalk a bulletin board with prices of tickets to all points.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island board of education accepted the specifications proposed by F.F. Borgolte for the new high school building.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Tri-City Lutheran A Capella choir left this afternoon on a 6-day tour through Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Red Cross workers got a boost in spirits this morning, as well as a new contribution for the 1951 fund drive which is still more than $7,000 short of the $30,000 goal. The morning mail at the headquarters of the Rock Island chapter brought this note from a Rock Island widow. ``Enclosed find $1 for the Red Cross drive, I am an elderly lady working for $10 a week. Wish I could do more.''

1976 -- 25 years ago
Superman, Captain Marvel and Spiderman usually save damsels in distress, but they are being used by Alan Light to launch a publishing career from the basement of his parents home in rural East Moline. The business has become so successful he has lured his mother from her job to work with him in publishing ``The Buyer's Guide For Comic Fandom,'' which is what comic fans call a fanzine. The current circulation is 8,500.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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