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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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