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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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