Day in history for February 8, 2001

1876 -- 125 years ago
Total attendance at the Rock Island Library during the past month was 4,355. Total book circulation is 1,890.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dr. C.T. Foster and George Bennett, while hunting rabbits near Coal Valley, killed an American eagle measuring five feet from tip to tip.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A blind horse, frightened by the barking of a dog, stampeded through the plate glass front of the Rock Island Rubber Company, 1606 3rd Ave.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The first models of a newly-designed harvester-thresher began rolling from the assembly lines at the East Moline Works, International Harvester Company, this week. Designated as the No. 64 harvester-thresher, the new combine is said to be the first major addition made since 1945 to the company's line of harvester equipment.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities area has gained slightly in population since 1970's census figures were released by the Census Bureau. The official population of the standard metropolitan statistical area (SMSA) was 362,634 April 1, 1970, and grew to 364,400 by July 1, 1974, the bureau reported. In the 1970-74 period there were 24,900 births, 14,400 deaths and a loss of 8,800 people through migration. The SMSA includes Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island and Henry counties in Illinois. The percentage gain is 0.5 percent.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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