Day in history for April 9, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The irrepressible J.M. Davies, general passenger agent of the Rockford road, has already made arrangements to run through cars between Rock Island and Springfield, during the meetings of the political conventions.

1901 -- 100 years ago
T.P. Laflin and A.D. Speery returned from a big eastern shooting tournament, each having better scores than the former champion, Tom A. Marshall.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Thirty members of the Isaak Walton League Chapter of Rock Island voted to extend a challenge to the Rock Island Rod and Reel Club to a crow and hawk shoot to last throughout the summer.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Karl H. Wiegmann, Rock Island, retained his chess championship by defeating Lawrence Mahar, Moline, a former champion, at the club rooms of the Tri-City Chess and Checker Club, Davenport. Mr. Wiegmann ranks among the top 100 chess players in the nation, according to the U.S. Chess Federation.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline aldermen are accustomed to social service agencies asking for money, but the Quint Cities Drug Abuse Council sent the aldermen reeling by asking them to take away its funds. Sam Podurgal of the drug council said he would need no money from next year's city budget, and actually doesn't need $1600 the city had budgeted for the group for the next fiscal year. Mr. Podurgal said the drug council will receive funds from a recently approved mental health tax.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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