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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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