Day in history for January 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Stephen Woodin, 77, operator of the Rock Island House for many years, died.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The John Buford Post, Grand Army of the Republic, hopes to bring the 1902 state convention to Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Charles Staelens was installed as commander of Rock Island Camp No. 85, Woodmen of the World.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Following seizure of seven ``slotless'' slot machines in Rock Island last night by roving police squads, State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran today issued orders to the sheriff and all city police chiefs in the county to pick up the devices wherever they are found. The state's attorney declared that he will file in county court petitions asking for the destruction of such devices on the grounds that they are ``gambling devices per se,'' meaning gambling devices in themselves.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The first wing of a spacious special education facility opened today in East Moline amid promises it will greatly enhance programs of the Black Hawk Area Special Education District. The new facility replaces the aging Black Hawk School on Big Island, Milan, serving students from 17 school districts in Rock Island, Mercer and parts of Henry Counties. The new wing will serve students with behavioral disorders.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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