Day in history for December 2, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The St. Louis Intelligencer says Davenport and Rock Island are destined to be two of the largest cities on the Upper Mississippi.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Moline Wagon Company is in receipt of a silver medal from Dallas, Texas, for the best farm wagon in the world.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The new bowling alley of the Rock Island Club, which is pronounced to be the finest in this section, was opened today for the first time.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Dr. G.A. Brandelle of Rock Island, president of the Augustana synod, gave the opening address at the synod's international conference.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Two 14-year-old Rock Island boys were each assessed $5.40 court costs, severely lectured and ordered to report to Policewoman Madeline L. Johnson on four consecutive Saturdays after pleading guilty to malicious mischief charges in Rock Island police court. The youths confessed to breaking 31 pickets from the fence of Harry O. McCarty, 1224 2nd St., and several pickets from the fence of Jacob J. Nuessli, 1302 2nd St.

1976 -- 25 years ago
An elementary school desegregation plan tentatively approved by the Rock Island School District's Integration Implementation Steering Committee is opposed by Milan parents, who say they may attempt a court fight of the state desegregation directive. The Milan parents have objected to busing fifth- and sixth-graders to Grant School in Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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