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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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