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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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