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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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