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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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