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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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