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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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