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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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