Day in history for February 3, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Total gross earnings of the Peoria and Rock Island Railway during December were $27,845, according to H.C. Whitridge, auditor.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The rooms on the first floor of the new Horace Mann School on 14th Ave., Rock Island, were opened.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Miss Lucille Warren of East Moline was named valedictorian and Francis Bowman salutatorian of the graduating class at Augustana College.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City residents were probably slightly radioactive last night. The atomic energy commission in Chicago has reported that tiny radioactive particles have been carried over Chicago by stratosphere air currents from Nevada where the government has been conducting atomic tests. According to charts at the government weather station at the Quad-City Airport, the same winds blew over the Quad-Cities late yesterday afternoon and last night.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline is among cities nationwide trying to reduce the number of false alarms that unnecessarily endanger firefighters and citizens. And the city seems to be winning some battles. Asst. Chief Charles Polchow, of the fire inspection bureau, said false box alarms in the city declined in the last half of 1975. The reduction is a result of changing some alarm box locations to make it harder for vandals to pull without being caught.

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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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