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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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