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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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