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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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