Day in history for December 26, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Corn on the Rock Island market brought 20 cents a bushel; winter wheat, 55 cents, and oats, 18 cents.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Harper House dining room is being frescoed in oil and when completed the new mirrors will be put in.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Clemann and Salzmann purchased the Harper Theater building for $30,000 for a furniture store.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The coming of International Harvester Company to Rock Island led industrial expansion in the Tri-Cities during 1926.

1951 -- 50 years ago
An estimated $4,103,000 in improvements for western Illinois is included in a whopping $100,000,000 Illinois hard road program unfolded for 1952 by the state highway department. Principal work in western Illinois is slated for Moline and Henry County. Outstanding in the program is proposed improvement of U.S. Route 6, through use of bituminous resurfacing, in Henry and Bureau Counties and extensive widening of 23rd Ave., Moline.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The old house still stands majestically on the brow of 12 th Street hill at 11th Avenue. The Moline landmark was built in the early 1800s by a grocer who could not finish it. But a blacksmith named John Deere came along and purchased the house, adding to the structure now known as the Red Cliff Apartments. It was a frame dwelling with a view of the Mississippi River and the town below.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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