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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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