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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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