Day in history for January 26, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Captain T.J. Buford of Rock Island was elected a director of the Keokuk-Northern Line Packet Company.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. W.H. Reherd, pastor of Milan Presbyterian Church, resigned to accept a pastorate of a church in Detroit.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Charles J. Von Maur, 63, vice president of Harned And Von Maur, Inc., Davenport department store died.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Robert O. Peterson, 32, former Rock Island resident and employee of the Rock Island Arsenal, has been honored at the Mount Rainier ordnance depot, Tacoma, Wash., for his invention of a process to modify howitzer rifling. He received a certificate and a cash award of $275.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The historic ``Gregory Brown home,'' now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Newman, burned to the ground this morning. The three-story frame home, located a mile east of Osborn on Barstow Road, was a total loss. The fire was discovered by crewmen on a passing train, who stopped to tell the family. The Newmans were eating breakfast, unaware of the fire. One of the major problems for the five fire departments was the unavailability of water, which had to be hauled from Illini Beef three miles away by four trucks. The loss was estimated at $350,000 to $400,000.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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