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 Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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