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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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