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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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