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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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