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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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