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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