Day in history for December 1, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
In less than two years, in all probability, the railroad will be completed from Rock Island to Chicago, but plank roads also will be necessary to the prosperity of the city.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The ferry boat went into winter quarters at the boat yard.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Contracts were let for the erection of Spencer Memorial Church at 43rd Street and 7th Avenue, Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The first Rock Island baseball players signed for 1927 by Manager Joe Kernan were Harvey Thompson and Robert Peden.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The old brick building housing the Port Byron fire station, erected more than a century ago, is having its face lowered. Upper stories of the Dorrance building are being removed. Improvements call for a new roof and repairs to the first story.

1976 -- 25 years ago
If you're maimed, mutilated or deformed, stay off Kewanee streets or you'll be in violation of the law. The ordinance banning deformed persons from the city's streets, although adopted about 1915, sat unnoticed until recently, so there's little chance a handicapped person would be arrested. But it's typical of aging edicts, born in an era of dirt streets and wooden sidewalks, which face revision as Western Illinois towns move to elevate their ordinances to modern sophistication.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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