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: 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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