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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