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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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