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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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