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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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