Day in history for May 3, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The First National Bank this morning received $1,200 in new and shining silver coin from Washington.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island baseball team defeated the Evansville, Ind., team, 4-0, on their field.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Ardo W. Mitchell has been chosen to christen the National Air Transport Corporation plane at ceremonies inaugurating the new air mail service.

1951 -- 50 years ago
More than 48 percent overcrowded, woefully understaffed, and housing the greatest part of its operations in out-dated, non-fireproof buildings, the East Moline State Hospital is still rated as the best of the 14 public institutions for the care of the mentally ill and mentally defective in Illinois. The total number of state patients is 45,402.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A whole year of hard work collapsed in a watery rubble on the floor of Malcolm Jewelers, Moline, as 40 firemen battled a stubborn blaze on upper floors of the newly renovated building at 15th St. and 5th Ave. Owner George C. Malcolm collapsed from smoke inhalation as members of his family, city officials and firefighters attempted to salvage merchandise and fixtures from the $150,000 store. He was hospitalized in satisfactory condition. The fire was confined to the second and third floors of the building, but water caused intensive damage to the ground floor jewelry store.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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