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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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