Day in history for February 7, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Isaac Negus was elected president of the Rock Island County Old Settlers' Society.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Carrie Nation, the Kansas cyclone, was reported headed this way, expecting to stop in the Tri-Cities long enough to accomplish some of her saloon wrecking work.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Augustana Foreign Missionary Society report showed $3,600 contributed to foreign missions during the last year.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A classroom project which helped gain him his master's degree in industrial designing may lead to greater success for a young Rock Island man. He is Nicholas G. Jannes whose designs of two types of chairs have been accepted for showing in the National Designer's Exhibit now under way at Bradley University, Peoria. Mr. Jannes constructed models of two types of the chairs and is firmly convinced the chairs are suitable for easy manufacture.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The old stone mansion at Friendship Farm, one of the oldest buildings in the Quad-Cities area, has been a witness to a considerable amount of history. Built in the 1830s, 8 miles southeast of downtown Moline, a few blocks off of Coaltown Road, it stands proudly on the banks of the Rock River. When the house was built, the site was the area's only crossing over the Rock into Henry County. A ferry provided transportation across the narrow channel.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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