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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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