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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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