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: 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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