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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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