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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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