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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