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: 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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