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: 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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