Day in history for December 13, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council elected Lemuel Andrews to cast the vote of the city for directors of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Stockholders of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad approved the purchase of the St. Louis, Rock Island and Chicago Road.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The board of supervisors voted $250 to repair and mount the cannons in the courthouse yard.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island playground commission will sponsor carol singing in Spencer Square on Christmas eve.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Lines 100th anniversary celebration next Oct. 10, will take place in a depot area modernized from track to office. The railroad will have spent $150,000 in improvements by the time the remodeling work to the Rock Island station is completed next spring. The company announced that an ``appropriate'' monument will be unveiled during the centennial observance. Its bronze plaque will commemorate the first crossing of the Mississippi River by a railroad bridge.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Roger W. Curry, 34, Rapids City, who directed the design and development of agricultural planters at John Deere Plow and Planter Works, Moline, was honored with the Young Designer Award of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE).

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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