Day in history for February 23, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Patrick Carey has tendered his resignation to Chief Engineer Kennedy as foreman of Rescue Hose Company in the Fourth Ward.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Black Hawk Tent, K.O.T.C., celebrated its second anniversary in Maccabee hall.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Two men and two women were seized in Rock Island as members of a Midwest post office and railway express company robber gang.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Large sections of lowlands in the Quad-City area were under deepening water today, but the weatherman said the swollen Rock River is nearing its crest and the icy onslaught nearly spent. At the Moline bridge, the Rock River stage this morning was 12.6 feet, a rise of .4 of a foot since yesterday, and more than two-and-a-half feet over flood stage.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A four-man team of Moline police officers placed second in the Moline Police Benevolent Association's third annual combat shooting tournament, distinguished expert group. The team was comprised of Lt. Eugene Hermes, and patrolmen Ronald Hayes, Eugene Mattecheck and William Loete. Another Moline team, comprised of Sgt. Donald Heston, and patrolmen Kenneth Hanger, Michael Leaf and Harry Reeder, placed second in the four-man team, expert group. Approximately 120 shooters from Peoria, Chicago, Iowa City and Quad-City area police departments participated in the two-day tournament.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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