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: 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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