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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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