Day in history for November 20, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The streets need to be graded and handsome and permanent sidewalks built.

1876 -- 125 years ago
George Wagner of the Atlantic Brewery has built a brick ice house with a 1,500-ton capacity in the rear of his brewery.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Eighteen members attended the first meeting of the Rock Island County Medical Society at the Harper House.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Checks for approximately $243,000 will be sent out to Christmas savings club members.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Workmen from the Raymond Concrete Pile Co. of St. Louis were on their last stretch of soundings on the site of the proposed new Scott County courthouse and so far they've found nothing but solid rock. Fear has been expressed by several Scott County supervisors and officials as to the possibility of striking a vein of quicksand, supposedly running beneath the old courthouse.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A German shepherd watchdog was severely beaten during a Hooppole service station break-in that netted thieves only $7 or $8. Entry was gained to one portion of the Standard Service building, operated by Harold Heitzler, by breaking a window. Thieves then pried open the front door, encountered the dog, which is kept locked inside the building at night, and beat it with an unknown object. The animal has been kept at the station to discourage burglaries.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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