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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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