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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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