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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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