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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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