Day in history for February 22, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Thomas Bollman was elected chief and John Staubach assistant engineer of the Rock Island fire department.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Ed Nance, J.Q. Paddock, Tom P. Laflin, A.D. Sperry and W.A. Poeter won prizes in the bird shooting match held by the Forester Gun Club, Davenport.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The officers and directors of the Rock Island chamber of commerce resigned to permit the new organization to select its own leaders.

1951 -- 50 years ago
J.W. Ramsey, Argus editorial writer and columnist, today received a Freedoms Foundation certificate of merit for an editorial, ``Freedom is Just That,'' published in the Argus last year. Freedoms Foundation is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian awards foundation chartered in 1949 for annually making awards to Americans who make outstanding contributions to better understanding of freedom by the things which they write, do or say.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Officials of the Quad-City Nuclear Generating Station near Cordova are investigating the death of several thousand fish found near the plant's water intake. A spokesman said there is no reason to suspect anything from the generating station killed the fish. A sample of the dead fish were taken for analysis at the plants laboratory near Chicago to determine what killed the fish.

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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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