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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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