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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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