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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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