Day in history for December 22, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The audience will draw for 12 prizes at the Saturday theatrical performance of the Robinson family.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Lines will suspend the running of freight trains on Christmas and New Year's days.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Stockholders of the People's Power Company approved a $100,000 plan to expand plant facilities and extend gas mains and power lines.

1926 -- 75 years ago
William McCauley, Charles Boetje, Cal Wulff and Donald Costigan of Rock Island High School were elected to the national athletic scholarship society.

1951 -- 50 years ago
There'll be music in the air when the switch is pulled on the high fidelity public address system installed on the WHBF-TV tower in downtown Rock Island. A program of Christmas carols and appropriate music of the season will continue through the holiday weeks. The equipment is the latest type and adequately designed to provide clear projection over the entire business district.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Nearly 15 miles of new Illinois 5 betweeen Hillsdale and Lyndon was opened to traffic. Construction on the section began in the fall of 1974, and the work was completed at a cost of $43.16 million. This stretch includes a five-mile section that is still under construction from Ill. 2 at Hillsdale to Ill. 92. That section is expected to be opened next spring.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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