Day in history for February 2, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
A team of horses ran away up Main Street from the halfway house in Moline.

1901 -- 100 years ago
J.F. Munger was elected president of the Rock Island Baseball Association.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Kirk A. Journey was nominated as exalted ruler of the Rock Island Lodge of Elks.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island and Moline have been designated by civil defense officials as a prime or critical target area, it was reported here unofficially today. This means the local sector is believed likely to come under attack in event of an enemy air blow in force against Illinois. Rock Island and Moline comprise one of several downstate communities which have been placed in the ``critical'' listing, it is understood.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Maria Obren, 18, of Geneseo, takes her interest in government seriously. A senior at J.D. Darnell High School, Miss Obren is the only student, and the youngest person, to serve on the Geneseo City Park Board. In addition, she is currently a candidate for the Illinois Speaker of the House in the YMCA-sponsored Youth and Government program. An honor student, Maria is an active member of Youth and Government, which for 27 years has tried to promote greater student understanding of the structure and operation of state government.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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