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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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