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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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