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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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