Day in history for December 23, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
A span of horses attached to a wagon loaded with coal, broke through the ice while crossing the river. Horses, wagon and coal immediately disappeared and were seen no more.

1876 -- 125 years ago
A muchly inebriated individual reeled against two ladies near the post office last evening and then fell to the ground.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Agent Swift, of the Adams Express Company, received a fine draft horse for use on one of the delivery wagons.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Argus Santa Claus prepared to deliver his great load of gifts to Rock Island youngsters.

1951 -- 50 years ago
It may be that Santa Claus used to have trouble telling Sandra Sue Leland from Linda Lee Leland, they being nearly identical twins. But not this year, because now Linda Lee has a bandage on her forehead and lacks one tooth in front; she had a little accident recently, fell off the kitchen stool. The girls will be 3 years old Jan. 5, and are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Leland, Moline.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Board appropriated nearly $800,000 to pay for three road improvement projects. The board also added three projects, to cost nearly a half million dollars, to the 1977 road improvement program. The federal government, through the Federal Aid Secondary Program, will pay a portion of the costs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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