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: 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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