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: 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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