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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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