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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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