Day in history for January 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rural Township has constructed a new town hall at a cost of $1,300.

1901 -- 100 years ago
L.V. Eckhart, Jr., was elected president of the Rock Island Industrial Home Association.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The street car company has agreed with the city of Rock Island to replace tracks with boulevard on 4th Avenue.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Misfortune seems to strike all at once in the Vern Riggs family of Andalusia. And all the trouble is centered in the feet. Yesterday morning Mrs. Riggs was walking to a dental appointment in Moline. Her left foot slipped off a curb at 21st St. and 5th Ave., and she suffered a fracture of her left ankle. In the afternoon Mr. Riggs underwent an operation for an abscess on his right foot. And Mrs. Riggs' father, W.H. Lindley, is receiving treatment for a foot infection at St. Anthony's Hospital.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Owner Mrs. Velma Gault of Moline turned the keys of the Campbell Hotel, 5th Ave. And 16th St., Moline, over to officials of Moline Central Properties, Inc., the non-profit group formed to speed acquisition of real estate in downtown for parking. They purchased the hotel for $125,000 and will in turn sell it to the city for parking in conjunction with downtown redevelopment. It its day, the hotel was heralded as a ``beautiful structure.''

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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