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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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