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: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.

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