Day in history for December 19, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council will apply to the county court for a charter for a ferry from Rock Island to Davenport.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Fifteen sleighs run between Rock Island and Davenport over the river.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Professor E.F. Bartholomew of Augustana College was elected president of the International Society of Pianoforte Teachers and Players.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Oscar J. Ohlweiler was reelected president of the Rock Island Boy Scout Council.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Not even a sidewalk is safe for a pedestrian on the basis of an unusual mishap reported to Rock Island police. William Fort, 9, was waiting on a sidewalk at 7th Street and 11th Avenue for a coal truck to pass. As the truck went by, a loose chain on the truck's tail gate whipped out and struck the boy. He incurred a black eye and a bump on the left side of his head.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Several area officials want to build a $200,000 emergency radio center in Rock Island to replace one recently constructed and equipped at Indian Bluff Forest Preserve. The proposed center would handle emergency communications for the city of Rock Island, Milan and Rock Island County. If the new plan is carried out, the Indian Bluff Center would be left to fill the low volume radio needs of the county's Civil Defense unit.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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