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: 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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