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: 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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