Day in history for November 12, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
A gentleman from Chicago is making arrangements to erect a large and spacious hotel in Rock Island.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council authorized the purchase of a $2,740 hydraulic pump for the use of the waterworks.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Railway Company announced plans for a modern fireproof car house costing $25,000 on 5th Ave., Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island celebrated the eighth anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Edward Nagel, operator of Eddie's Grocery, 400 7th Ave., Rock Island, is getting fed up with vandals who apparently cannot resist a brick pile near the store. He reported to police that a plate glass window in the store was broken for the second time in 10 days. Damage was estimated at $75. Police said a brick thrown through the window came from the brick pile near the store.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Dale Pement, seventh-grader, was the top collector in Wilson Junior High School's special book drive marking National Children's Book Week. Dale brought in 85 books and received autographed copies of ``Football Running Backs'' and ``Abraham Lincoln,'' two books published this year by Wilson teacher David R. Collins. A total of 413 books were collected and will be distributed to school libraries and to area rest homes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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