Day in history for December 15, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
J.W. Denison will open an evening grammar school for young ladies and gentlemen.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Tilden Reform Club of Rock Island reorganized at a meeting in Hillier's Hall.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The temperature dropped 40 degrees in 24 hours to 7 degrees below zero.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Garnet Productions of Rock Island planned to make motion picture comedies with casts of Quad-Cities persons.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Fluoridation of Moline's water supply as a tooth-decay preventive was approved by the city council and, finances permitting, will become an actual fact within the next six months. Aldermen acted officially on the subject after hearing a recommendation from Dr. W.H. Otis, city physician, during a committee-of-the-whole meeting preceding the regular council session.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Within a few weeks, a Moline man, Dan Wahlheim, will be the owner of an $18,000 specially-designed van. Wahlheim won the van in a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola. Wahlheim said he entered the contest last September and had almost forgotten about it. Then Tuesday night, his phone rang, and he was informed that he was a winner. Wahlheim is one of 10 van winners throughout the country in the national contest. The vans were designed especially for the contest winners and will not be available on the market.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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