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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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