Day in history for November 19, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Captain Wilson's application for an exclusive ferry privilege was rejected.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann's sawmill was shut down for the winter after a very busy and profitable season.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The annual industrial fair opened with the largest attendance ever for an opening night.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's first blizzard of the fall and a record November storm blanketed the city with 7 inches of snow.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Residents in the southwest section of Rock Island were saturated with Sunday reading material yesterday morning, according to a report received by police. Hyman M. Andich, manager of the Rock Island News Agency, said seven bundles of Sunday newspapers, containing 175 papers to the bundle, were stolen between 3 and 5 o'clock in the morning from outside Doden's Drugstore, 18th Avenue and 11th Street. Andich said the papers, valued at $25, were scattered all over the southwest section of the city.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The second phase of a major reconstruction project at the Quad-City Airport was approved today by the Metropolitan Airport Authority. Airport Manager George Kirk said the project, which will include a third phase to lengthen the runway an additional 2,000 feet, will make the airport capable of handling the larger four-engine jet aircraft.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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