Day in history for February 20, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
The total Rock Island city debt stands at $288,348, a total of $126,177 over the constitutional limit.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island High School Library Association was formed to replace books destroyed by fire.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Colonel Frank L. Smith, candidate for the Republican nomination for senator, attacked the world court in a speech in Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A welcome sign to the city of Rock Island may be forthcoming as a result of action taken by Rock Island aldermen last night. The council received a request from the chamber of commerce for permission to erect a 32-foot long sign, advertising Rock Island as the ``Hub of the Quad-Cities,'' on top of the city's waterworks pumping plant at the foot of 23rd St.

1976 -- 25 years ago
When Liz Meegan, Dispatch women's news editor, visited the White House last week she didn't really expect to meet the ``lady of the house.'' But much to their surprise, 23 women's editors in Washington for a two-week seminar at the American Press Institute, were welcomed personally by Betty Ford. Liz reports ``Mrs. Ford walked like a model into the Diplomatic Reception Room. And with every bit as much grace and charm as has been attributed to her, the First Lady shook hands and talked briefly with each editor.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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