Day in history for November 24, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Names of the streets should be posted on the corners because the city of Rock Island is becoming enlarged and filling up fast.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Fred Ehleb, the butcher on the corner of 4th Ave. and 20th St., Rock Island, has erected an ice house in the rear of his shop.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Sunday afternoon concerts will be held at the new Illinois Theater in Rock Island after its completion.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Augustana College band members were ordered not to participate in athletics until after the band's tour of Sweden.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Directors of the Rock Island chamber of commerce voted to ask the city council to proceed immediately on negotiations for purchase of the site of the former Milwaukee railroad passenger depot for off-street parking of autos. The tract is located on 17th St. at the Mississippi River front.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Educators say the new extension center of Western Illinois University in East Moline is the way surplus school buildings will be used in the future. As declining enrollment forces the closing of additional elementary buildings, higher education may be able to take over in many instances, according to WIU President Leslie F. Malpass. The Center for Continuing Education opened this fall at the former John Deere School, 910 18th Ave.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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