Day in history for February 5, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
William A. Pilgrim has opened a new flour and feed store in Bean's block at the corner of Orleans and Otter, Rock Island.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The machine shops of Jackson, Whitehead And Co., presently located at 19th Street and 1st Avenue, Rock Island, will be moved to Davenport.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign to raise the budget to $35,000 and consolidate all business organizations in Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The winner, and only entry, in the March of Dimes display window guessing contest in Rock Island, is Mrs. Janet Sylvester. Mrs. Sylvester guessed that $750 was contributed to the county polio fund during the last half of January through a slot in a window at Newberry's store in Rock Island. Her guess was some distance from the actual total of donations, about $96. But since Mrs. Sylvester was the only entry, she was declared the winner.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Stronger enforcement of the leash law is Coal Valley Police Chief Jack Coleman's answer to an ``inordinate'' amount of dog complaints. Coleman told village trustees that if the owner of a dog running loose is known and is not available to confine the dog, the owner will be arrested as soon as possible. Coleman said once the word gets around that the law is being enforced, dogs will be tied up.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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