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: 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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