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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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