Day in history for November 5, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island is attracting attention in eastern cities since it decided to unite itself to the Atlantic Ocean by bands of iron, the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Stillwater went up this morning and will go into winter quarters immediately.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council passed an ordinance granting a franchise to the Illinois Independent Telephone Company.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Quad-City bankers proposed courses in technical banking subjects for banking personnel.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Moline's new Thomas Jefferson School opened this morning, with 194 pupils in its seven classrooms. The $284,750 building, located along 27th Street south of Villa Park, complete except for the gymnasium that will be added when steel for it becomes available, thus became the 14th grade school in the Moline school district. Jefferson's student body is made up of pupils transferred from Logan and Maple Grove Schools.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The burglar who broke into the Lloyd H. Clair residence, 2120 4th St., Moline, apparently satisfied his sweet tooth as well as his taste for larceny. Before bundling up $125 worth of loot, including a clock, cuff links and ties clasps, the intruder polished off three pieces of chocolate cake sitting on the kitchen counter, police reported.

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