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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