Day in history for December 3, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois is our first choice for the presidency in 1852.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Morris Rosenfield was elected Worshipful Master of Rock Island Lodge, No. 658, A.F. And A.M.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Congress was asked for $758,220 for the Illinois-Mississippi Canal and $135,000 for a new hospital building at the Arsenal.

1926 -- 75 years ago
William R. Wells announced plans for construction of a $55,000 16-unit apartment house at 4th Avenue and 11th Street, Rock Island.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island chamber of commerce has invited Milan to become part of the city of Rock Island if and when the Milan school district is consolidated with the Rock Island public school system. ``It is the chamber's belief that any consolidation of the two school districts should not take place until Milan itself is a part of Rock Island,'' said Gerald H. Falder, president of the Rock Island chamber.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Quad-City Airport officials can live with paying 25 percent more for water than in-city customers, but Moline officials say they can't. The city has been asking the airport to pay 63 percent more than residents, but airport officials have said nothing above the 25 percent surcharge is acceptable. City officials have said the 63 percent surcharge would enable the city to make an 11 percent profit, which is comparable to private utilities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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