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: 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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