Day in history for January 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Re-elected officers of the People's National Bank, Rock Island, are Bailey Davenport, John Peetz, Henry Burgower and A. Virgien.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Job Ross died as a result of a concussion incurred in an accident while he was walking in his sleep.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The uncompleted residence of Joseph R. West at 2526 21st Ave., Rock Island, was damaged extensively by fire.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City pro basketball fans were presented the alternative of supporting their only major league entry, the Blackhawks, or seeing the National Basketball Association franchise move to Pittsburgh. If retained in the Quad-Cities, the Blackhawks will become a locally owned proposition under a group of stockholders headed by Bryan W. Grafton of Moline. If unsupported, the club will be sold by executive director Ben Kerner to Ike Duffey, millionaire meatpacker who wishes to re-enter basketball after disposing of his pro-cage interests in Anderson, Ind.

1976 -- 25 years ago
East Moline city council officially approved its sister city. The council unanimously approved ``adopting'' St. Kwintens-Lennick in Belgium as sister city. East Moline's sibling municipality has a population of 5,200 and boasts of 30 saloons and 2 churches, according to Mayor Jan Bascour of St. Kwintens-Lennick.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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