Day in history for January 2, 2001

1875 -- 126 years ago
A violent wind and rain storm in Rock Island uprooted trees, smashed dwellings and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

1900 -- 101 years ago
A petition calling for a public road extending south from Rock River Bridge was filed by Coal Valley residents.

1925 -- 76 years ago
The 264-page, 4-pound 74th anniversary edition of The Argus was delivered to all subscribers in Rock Island in five hours.

1950 -- 51 years ago
Melford O. Anderson, formerly of Rock Island, today became acting superintendent of Independence Hall and of other Philadelphia buildings of national historic importance. Mr. Anderson graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, in 1926. After 15 years in government service, he entered private business. He left Rock Island a year ago to return to government service in the department of the interior.

1975 -- 26 years ago
Wanted by federal authorities: Mrs. George Beutner, Bettendorf, $2,000 reward. But in Mrs. Beutner's case, it was nice to be wanted. The government wants to see that she receives $2,000. The news media got to her before the government to inform her she had the money coming from a contest she had entered ``three or four years ago.'' Mrs. Beutner entered a contest in which contestants were to make as many words as possible from the letters contained in the phrase: ``Kent Micronite filter cigarettes.'' The Beutner entry had 22,000 words.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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