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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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