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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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