Day in history for December 21, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
A Rock Island city council committee has rented the front room over the store of Mr. Whitaker at $50 a year for council meetings.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council has ordered 50 naptha lamps to light portions of the city where there are no gas mains.

1901 -- 100 years ago
School and college students began a 2-week Christmas vacation.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Naval Reserve Unit filled its enlistment quota of 30 recruits.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Emma C. Thompson, Rock Island, has been named winner of an electric mixer in a $50,000 contest sponsored recently by Spiegel, Inc., Chicago, for its catalog customers. Mrs. Anna L. Baldwin of Davenport also was among the winners. She was awarded $250 in Spiegel merchandise.

1976 -- 25 years ago
As the rifle volleys of hunters echoed through area woodlands this weekend, other sportsmen quietly were stalking their prey with binoculars and notebooks. Members of the Henry-Mercer County Audubon Society were out in force keeping an eye out, and a count of, their feathered friends as part of the national organization's annual Christmas bird count. This was the first year a count was conducted in Henry County, although club members have assisted in counts in Mercer County and the twice-yearly eagle counts near the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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