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: 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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