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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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