Day in history for January 3, 2001

1875 -- 126 years ago
Total attendance at the Rock Island Public Library during the past month was 4,139. The daily average was 159 persons.

1900 -- 101 years ago
The bridges over Rock River between Rock Island and Milan will be strengthened to hold street cars.

1925 -- 76 years ago
The Black Hawk Hiking Club selected the badlands of South Dakota as the place for its 1926 hike.

1950 -- 51 years ago
A $600 resuscitator was presented to the East Moline fire department this week by an anonymous donor, according to Ray Lundeen, assistant fire chief. The new resuscitator is smaller and more compact than the old model which has been used by the department since 1943. The department started keeping records two years ago on each case handled and in that period the resuscitator has been used on 45 cases.

1975 -- 26 years ago
Janet Stowell has broken down another male bastion. She is Moline High School's first female drum major. ``There is really no reason why we never had a girl in the job before,'' said Louis DiIulio, director of the band and coordinator of instrumental music at the high school. ``I guess it just never came up before.'' He added he doesn't think Women's Lib had much to do with Janet's application for the post, held by males since DiIulio arrived at Moline in 1959.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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