Day in history for February 1, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
New officers of Moline National Bank are S.W. Wheelock, Porter Skinner and Charles F. Hemenway.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A total of 10 1/2 inches of snow tied up Rock Island traffic in a storm which lasted 16 hours.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Fire caused $1,100 damage to the grocery store operated by Samuel Feldbein, Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A wary mother hamster was still at large in Denkmann School today, after spurning a baited trap and looting her mate's cage for food instead. H.L. Howes, building custodian, vowed he'll stay all night tomorrow if necessary, to find where the tiny animal has hidden the five babies and nest she dragged from her cage a week ago, after the hinges were weakened when it fell from the desk during the night. The hamster has returned each night for food and water, but has left no trail to help locate her nest.

1976 -- 25 years ago
It would cost an estimated $1 million to change the three-letter code used by the air travel industry to identify the Quad-City Airport, federal officials say. Quad-City Development Group recently began working to change the ``identifier,'' a code used on baggage stubs and in travel agent and airline rate books, saying the current MLI designation fails to identify the area served by the Quad-City Airport.

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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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