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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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