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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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