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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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