Day in history for December 31, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Argus goes to considerable expense to get its telegraphic dispatches. If any important news arrives, it will be immediately issued in an extra.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Gentlemen may call and leave cards at the following places where open house will be held New Year's Day by the ladies: At the homes of Mesdames James M. Buford, General Hoffman, Judge Pleasants, Dr. Galt, T.J. Buford, Joseph W. Brackett, P.L. Mitchell, T.J. Robinson, Holmes Hakes, John Warner, E.S. Webber and B.J. Perrin.

1901 -- 100 years ago
New buildings completed or started in 1901 include the high school, Hotel Harms, Sacred Heart Church, and the public library.

1926 -- 75 years ago
A huge distillery on a farm west of Barstow was wrecked by sheriff's deputies, but they arrived too late to prevent the sale of 200 gallons of alcohol to bootleggers.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Stephen R. Bates, 20, Davenport, was fined $5 in Rock Island court for being a minor and frequenting a tavern. Police said he was arrested at the Buvette Night Club, Rock Island.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island councilmen have accepted a 200 acre tract of land deeded to the city by Dr. and Mrs. Ben Williamson, Rock Island. The tract is located south of the property where the Rock Island Sports Center is being constructed on 44th St., south of Black Hawk Road.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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