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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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