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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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