Day in history for December 24, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
John B. Jervis was elected president of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Unusual preparations are being made for music at Trinity Church Christmas eve.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Persons who subscribed to the fund for a new Rock Island theater drew places in the seat reservation line for the opening performance.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Henry Gelsow of Hanover, rookie catcher, has been signed for the Rock Island baseball club.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The ham radio station W9BUH became a vital link between the Quad-Cities and the coal mine disaster scene at West Frankfort, Ill., over the weekend. The station, operated by G.R. Ulman, Rock Island, relayed messages to Quad-Citians that fathers, brothers and friends had escaped harm in the catastrophe. More than a hundred persons were killed in the tragedy.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Christine G.M. Wolfframm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bodo M. Wolfframm, Moline, will be commissioned a second lieutenant at ceremonies at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Miss Wolfframm, 21, served this fall as the first woman battalion commander of the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps on campus. She is the recipient of three Superior Cadet Awards and is a Distinguised Military Graduate. She will also be receiving a bachelor's degree in political science.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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