Day in history for November 15, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Robinson family continues to draw good houses at Lee and Whisler's new hall.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Freight cars on the St. Louis Road came into Rock Island with about an inch-and-a-half of snow on their roofs.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Dr. P.P. Waldenstrom, Swedish statesman and literary man, addressed students at Augustana College.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Dr. O.H. Bostrom, Augustana College professor, advocated the establishment of a campus church for Lutheran students.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A matchbook salesman who fails to deliver orders obtained from restaurant owners is operating in the Quad-City area. Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman said he had complaints from Milan restaurant operators about a salesman who identified himself as Paul M. Ream of Vincennes, Ind. The police chief at Vincennes told Sheriff Muhleman that a Vincennes address given by the salesman is fictitious.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The fabulous yacht of Roy Carver, wealthy Quad-City philanthropist, is discussed in detail in a recent issue of a German news magazine, Bunte. The writer for Bunte interviewed Carver and photographed the posh vessel while the yacht, the Lac II, was anchored at Monaco. A caption under one of the pictures said that the luxurious ship of Carver caused a stir even on the Riviera, which usually is pretty blase about the comings and goings of the wealthy jet set.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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