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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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