Day in history for December 29, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Company presented a petition in circuit court for appointment of commissioners to assess damages, if any, to lands through which the railroad might pass in Rock Island County.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works, closed during the holidays for inventory, will resume work after New Year's Day.

1901 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Club marked completion of improvements to its building with a smoker attended by 400 men.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Cars driven by Melvin Kappler and Henry Lundt crashed several days ago in Moline. Mr. Lundt suffered a concussion of the brain and severe cuts and bruises as a result of this collision.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Damage of at least $5,000 was caused when fire gutted one of the 14 two-story brick and frame apartment units in the $983,000 housing project nearing completion at 9th Street and 26th Avenue, Rock Island. Acting Fire Chief Charles J. Wahlheim, who estimated the loss, said the blaze apparently was started by an overturned salamander.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The American Film Institute, with headquarters in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has named a former Moline man, Dr. Sam Grogg Jr., as director of National education services. He is son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Grogg, Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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