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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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