Day in history for February 16, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The ice in Sylvan water is between four and five inches thick, and several companies have resumed cutting operations.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A fire alarm box will be erected in the Rock Island business district.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A filling station at 24th St. and 3rd Ave., Rock Island, was rifled of $400 by a young man who asked permission to use the telephone.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two fires in an 18-hour period yesterday afternoon and this morning badly damaged a small dwelling at 2443 32nd St., Moline. Fire department officials attributed both to a defective chimney. The first fire centered in a wall where the smoke pipe from a coal stove entered the chimney. It set fire to wall studding. This morning the occupant started a fire in the stove without having repaired the condition which caused the first blaze.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Bicentennial project in Green Rock is going to the dogs. With the OK from the city fathers, the animal control panel truck has been painted an historic red, white and blue. Now dogs can ride proudly to the pound in an appropriately patriotic vehicle, knowing they have done their share in promoting the historical significance of the Bicentennial. Other communities, also bitten by the Bicentennial bug, have been trying to outdo each other in promoting patriotic projects.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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