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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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