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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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