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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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