Day in history for December 16, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
We have made arrangements with the telegraph office for receiving daily reports of congressional proceedings, state of the markets, and news of general interest.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The West Ward school house closely escaped destruction by fire on last Saturday. The accidental discovery by the janitor was the saving means.

1901 -- 100 years ago
James White of Cable, who was tried in Mercer County court for the larceny of two turkeys valued at one dollar each, was acquitted by the jury.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island City Council voted to accept the county's bid of $12,500 for the tuberculosis sanatorium.

1951 -- 50 years ago
First step in Moline's attempt to replace its present downtown lights with a modern, white-way system was initiated when the city council approved preparation of an ordinance covering that move. Because it is planned to finance the new system by special assessment, the final decision will rest with the property owner in the area to be served.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Moline 16th Street bridge to Rock Island Arsenal was closed permanently this afternoon, Arsenal officials announced. The closing results from a determination by the Omaha District, Corps of Engineers that the bridge is no longer safe for vehicles at any weight level.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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