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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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