Day in history for January 21, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Some drunken coal haulers, bent on a spree, insulted one of our Moline citizens on Sugar Hollow Road. Squire Swarder docked them $12.45 each for their lunacy, with the understanding that the dose is to be doubled next time.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Joseph Rosenfield resigned as Rock Island city plumbing inspector.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Elks Lodge instructed its building committee to secure a 30-day option to buy the Hurst homestead.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Little opposition has been voiced in Rock Island County against the proposed drafting of 18-year-olds into military service, William J. Layden, chairman of Rock Island Board No. 189, said today. Layden said he himself favors the idea, ``providing they get a year of training before they go into action.'' He pointed out that the younger men are more physically fit, quicker to react and quicker to recover from strain.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission survey projects a shortage of park land in five of 14 Moline neighborhoods based on 1995 population estimates. As a result of the study, park department officials are recommending the city consider obtaining more park land in the areas projected to be deficient, but that move appears headed for criticism because of large park areas in the city not yet developed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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