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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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