Day in history for April 6, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Collector Huber returned his tax books this morning, he having collected $50,916.62 and returned as delinquent $67,216.45.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The first dress rehearsal for the Rock Island Club Minstrels to be given at the Harper's Theater was held.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Kirk A. Journy was installed exalted ruler of Rock Island Lodge, No. 980, Elks.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Masonic Temple has a new look inside with the completion this week of a $75,000 remodeling and redecoration project. The first such major project on the building in some 30 years extends from top to bottom, with a new lodge room on the top floor and a new automatic heating plant in the basement. The big remodeling job was carving a new room out of unused attic space.

1976 -- 25 years ago
``I'm so sorry I answered that damn phone this morning,'' Katie Wise said. Katie is a veteran dispatcher for the Rock Island Police Department, which prides itself on the ability to handle all problems. Except a kangaroo. ``This guy calls up and says `You're not going to believe me, I'm not drunk, I haven't been drinking. But I just saw a kangaroo hop through my neighbors yard.'|'' Harry Masterson, Rock Island, was out walking his dog about 6:30 a.m. when a 3-foot-tall kangaroo hopped over the hill across the street from him. Police failed to find the errant marsupial.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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