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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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