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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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