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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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