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: 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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