Day in history for January 13, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
New officers of the Wide Awake Hose company, No. 2, are James Johnston, Elmo Murdock, Peter H. Smith and Ruben Bollman.

1901 -- 100 years ago
C.J.A. Ericsson of Boone, Iowa, donated two tracts of land worth $30,000 to Augustana College.

1926 -- 75 years ago
J.F. Donahoo was elected president of the Rock Island County National Farm Loan Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An investigation was launched today to determine the cause of a blaze which burned out a block-long section of an assembly building roof at the east end of the Bettendorf plant of the J.I. Case Co. and caused damage to the building and equipment estimated at $500,000. It is assumed the blaze started from a short circuit near the roof of the building in which forage harvesters are assembled.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Gay White of Orion justly could be called Orion's quilting queen. Besides her years of practical experience, Mrs. White has an expert's knowledge of the origins and intricacies of quilt making. She can tell you a little something about each of the more than 1,152 different types of quilt patterns commonly used by those who practice this craft. Mrs. White's extensive knowledge of quilting is the result of a study project she did as part of an American folklore class at Black Hawk College.

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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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