Day in history for February 19, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island fire companies were called to Haverstick's Pottery on the Milan road. Damage was small.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island city council unanimously voted to relicense the Rock Island-Davenport Ferry Company.

1926 -- 75 years ago
W.N. Phillips of Rock Island was elected president of the Rock Island County branch of the North Star Benefit Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Seventy-five customers who have traded at Eagle Supermarkets during all of the concern's 30 years of existence were guests of the company at a luncheon Saturday noon in the LeClaire Hotel, Moline. Ted Arnold, local sales manager of station WHBF, Rock Island, was master of ceremonies. He introduced Isador Pesses, co-founder of the Eagle Supermarkets. Mr. Arnold also read a telegram from Frank Weindruch, the other co-founder of the firm, who could not attend because of illness.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Shelley Chickris, a Moline native who now spends most of the time on the island of Corsica, is one of the winningest women competing in a rich man's sport. The 5 foot 1 blond, an airport hostess when she's not behind the wheel of her $30,000 Alpine sports car, is the second-ranked woman among European road racers. Shelley attended racing school in Marseilles, where she won a coveted gold steering wheel in competition with 200 male drivers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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