Day in history for December 18, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
A Whig state convention has been called to meet at Springfield on the fourth Monday of December.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Our Mr. Mansill's almanac for 1877 is now ready for sale.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Deputies from 33 states attended the third annual school of instruction of the Modern Woodmen of America.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Mathias G. Welch was appointed to the office of Rock Island electrical inspector.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Dick Sargent, former Moline resident, has attained the height which is the goal of most artists of today. He's done a cover for the Saturday Evening Post. The central figure is a wide-eyed little boy, beside an attic trunk in which he finds garments which obviously belong to Santa Claus. In one hand he holds a beautiful white beard. What has happened to Santa Claus is the question his eyes ask.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Moline and Rock Island school officials today began laying the groundwork for possibly lengthy court battles against state desegregation orders. A unanimous Moline Board of Education, which has vowed since March that it would not comply with state orders, hired two law firms to advise whether the district has legal grounds to resist the desegregation order. The board opposes the integration of Ericsson Elementary School because of the ``uniqueness'' of its bilingual program.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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