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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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