Day in history for January 4, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A monster 35-pound pike was taken from the Mississippi River by C. Willhoff, a fisherman.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Lightning Medicine Company in Rock Island had its formal opening at its new location in the Industrial Home Building.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. W.J. Sweeney was reelected president of the Bethany Home Protective Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An overload of Air Force enlistments in Chicago today forced the Rock Island recruiting station to cancel plans for shipping what would have been the largest air volunteer enlistment unit ever to be shipped from this city. Sergeant Kenneth R. Davis, in charge of the Rock Island area office, said 168 men had been scheduled to leave today for Chicago, 49 of them from Rock Island alone. All were Air Force enlistees.

1976 -- 25 years ago
When people tell Joe Perez, Moline, that his job is a lot of garbage, they're right. But Perez is better at his job than anyone else, according to a vote of his peers. Perez is East Moline's ``garbologist of the year,'' and will be honored at tonight's city council meeting. He will receive a trophy for his efforts -- a converted bowling ball award with a miniature garbage can replacing the bowling ball in the figure's hand.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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