Day in history for December 12, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
R. Wilkison was re-elected Rock Island city clerk and B.J. Cobb city marshal for the ensuing year.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Anawalt, Denkmann and Company's sawmill, destroyed by fire in August, has been rebuilt.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Incorporation papers were issued to the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Order of St. Francis, operators of St. Anthony's Hospital.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School took second place in the boys' Big Nine declamatory contest.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Seems like the Christmas season just doesn't have any effect on some people. Jeff Muley, 408 44th St., told Moline police that a thief stole a string of 15 Christmas lights from his outdoor display. The $3 value of the lights was insignificant in comparison to Mr. Muley's indignation over the character of the thief.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The price of Henry County farmland soared to record levels with the purchase of a 209-acre farm east of Woodhull for an average $3,348 per acre. Maurice DeSutter Jr. of rural Woodhull paid a total of $669,905 for the acreage, formerly owned by the Frances Murphy and Bernadine Welch estate. The weekend sale continues a trend that began three years ago, when farmland prices began spiraling dramatically along with rising crop prices.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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