Day in history for December 20, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island for the year 1850-51 received a total of $1,365.96 and paid out a total of $825.67, with a balance in the treasury of $540.29.

1876 -- 125 years ago
John Ohlweiler was voted the most popular Turner at the Turner fair which ended with a very pleasant dance.

1901 -- 100 years ago
T.H. Thomas was nominated by the president as postmaster at Rock Island.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Responses to The Argus questionnaire on religion indicated a decrease in family worship.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Snow-plagued Quad-Citians were getting another stanza of White Christmas today as clouds began dropping what the weatherman said will total three to six inches of new snow. With a 9-inch layer of snow already on the ground, and an added inch fall last night, traffic, school, and street-cleaning problems began multiplying this morning, as the snow started again.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Willis Kuschmann, 77, of Moline, may have set a Quad-City area record. He's been playing Santa Claus at parties and programs every Christmas for 45 consecutive years. For the last 33 years he's been the Santa at the annual Yule party for residents of Oak Glen Home at Coal Valley. Several boys dressed as elves assist Kuschmann at the Oak Glen party. ``I'm now on my second generation of elves,'' Kuschmann said.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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