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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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