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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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