Day in history for January 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Louis A. LeClaire has been elected assistant cashier at First National Bank.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Frank William had his thumb severed by a saw blade while at work at the Rock Island Stair Works.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Church of Peace authorized the construction of an addition to the church and a new parsonage. The cost will be $40,000.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Lawrence Welk and his world-famous orchestra will stage three performances daily during the fourth annual Home Show to be held Feb. 13 to 18 at the Davenport Masonic Temple. The theme of the show will be television living and the effect of television on the American home today. Manufacturers and retailers from the area will exhibit their products.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Hunters and wildlife conservationists frequently find themselves at odds with each other, but the 70 members of the Western Sportsman's Club have found a way of blending the best of both these worlds. The club, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Conservation, has raised and turned loose in the area more than 42,000 pheasants during the last 20 years and more than 12,000 quail during the last 15 years. The birds and the grain to feed them are provided by the state and club members care for them until maturity when they are released.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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