Day in history for January 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
New officers of the Farmers' Fair Association are Henry Saddoris, James Kampf, H.C. Quick, John Shall, E.P. Feaster, James Guinn.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Frick's livery stable in Rock Island was damaged by fire.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Joseph W. Valentine, first assistant fire chief in Rock Island, was elected to the executive board of the Illinois Firemen's Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Numerous missing and defaced street signs were reported by Girl Scouts Troop 11, following a three-hour survey covering about a third of Rock Island Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Harold Lindberg, their leader, said the girls' report will be presented to the mayor's office as a guide in replacing the signs.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Arnold Skromme of Moline and his wife, Lois, were wined and dined in Washington, D.C., this week by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his wife Nancy. Mr. Skromme, chief product engineer for Deere And Co. and an avid antique collector, received an invitation to be a guest at an informal buffet reception hosted by the Kissingers. Mr. Skromme and his wife were included on the guest list as a gesture of appreciation. He has loaned the State Department an 18th century Baltimore Hepplewhite card table, inlaid with four small American eagles.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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