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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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