Day in history for February 14, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The two-story frame dwelling of James Baird on the east side of Arsenal Street, between Grove Street and Second Avenue, Rock Island, was damaged extensively by fire.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Fire Department was called to clear snow from the roofs of some of the school buildings.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana College Board of Directors will extend an invitation to Crown Prince Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden to visit Rock Island during his stay in this country.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The annexation of Mound View to Moline School District was confirmed by heavy majorities in a referendum yesterday. The proposition carried in Mound View, 128 to 2, and in Moline School District, 124 to 13. Almost as many people voted in Mound View, the school district in the vicinity of Quad-City Airport, as in all of Moline.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A Belgian Valentine's Day wedding will have a Mexican flavor. Ron Raymond of East Moline is supplying colorful Mexican pinatas, shaped like Valentine hearts, for the wedding reception of his cousin, Joseph Depoorter, and Jacqueline Hirst, both of Moline. Raymond began making pinatas as therapy to end his post-heart attack depression and boredom. The hobby has developed to the point where he is kept busy turning out pinatas for parties of family and friends.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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