Day in history for December 27, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Reports of congressional proceedings, markets and general news will be received daily by telegraph.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Many of our wealthy citizens are cutting and packing their own ice this winter.

1901 -- 100 years ago
An audience of 1,400 saw the opening performance in the new Illinois Theater.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The men's section of the M And K Company was sold to the McCabe Dry Goods Company.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The 25,000,000th vehicle to pass over the Rock Island Centennial Bridge since it was opened July 12, 1940, crossed the four-lane span at 11:30 this morning. The driver was Gerald L. Boekholder, 39, of Dubuque, Iowa, who walked across the bridge the day it was officially opened more than eleven years ago. In a brief ceremony in frigid temperatures, Boekholder was presented a combination electric clock and plaque by William E. Downing, bridge superintendent, on behalf of the Rock Island Centennial Bridge Commission.

1976 -- 25 years ago
A new, tougher ordinance regulating massage parlors in Rock Island will more tightly regulate the business than one recently ruled constitutional in East Moline. Besides requiring masseuses and masseuers to have graduated from an accredited massage school, the Rock Island ordinance will ban suggestive advertising.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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