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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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