Day in history for January 12, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Committee members of the Phoenix Hose company masquerade party are John Dixon, A. Webb, George Barns, John Sowden and J.M. Beardsley.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The cost of the new library in Rock Island will not exceed $60,000.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Allouez council, Knights of Columbus, voted to sell its property in the residential district and to purchase a building site in the Rock Island business district.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The final step in putting an extra link between gas systems of the Iowa and Illinois sides of the Quad-Cities began yesterday. Workmen began installing rollers on the brackets under the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge which will carry the 8-inch pipe across the Mississippi River between Bettendorf and Moline. The $128,000 project will provide an alternate emergency feeder for use if either of the present feeder lines is broken.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Q.C. motorists are abandoning energy saving small cars as they help auto dealers break out of a two year sales slump. Area dealers and credit bureau managers say the new car buyers are shopping more for the best deal on that larger, more expensive auto. The slow recovery of the national economy apparently has bolstered buyer confidence.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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