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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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