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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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