Day in history for May 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Macadamizing is needed on the horse railroad in several places on Illinois Street. Private carriages are in danger every day.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Company contemplated making extensive additions to its plant during the summer.

1926 -- 75 years ago
J.M. Beardsley was elected president of the Rock Island Memorial Day Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The permanent registration system of voting was rejected by Rock Island Township residents who attended an adjourned session of the annual town meeting last night at the courthouse. The vote was 44 against the system and 26 in favor of it. The vote came after an earnest debate, in which there were a few verbal exchanges. There were more and longer talks in favor of permanent registration. But speakers who opposed it were backed by the preponderance of votes.

1976 -- 25 years ago
With sighs of relief, members of the East Moline Citizen's Advisory Committee iced the city's grade school desegregation cake last night, and prepared to move out of the public eye. Committee members unanimously approved the plan adopted last week, which will shift some 800 grade school children to correct racial imbalance in city schools. Under the plan, all 6th grade students will attend school at Hoffman School, and all students currently at Hoffman will be split up among other schools.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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