Day in history for December 4, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Grading on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad is completed for 5 miles out of Chicago.

1876 -- 125 years ago
The Buford Plow Works has just received another larger order for plows and cultivators from California.

1901 -- 100 years ago
A pumpkin pie social marked the opening of the Rock Island Y.M.C.A. boys' department.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Dr. C.E. Robb was elected president of the lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Society.

1951 -- 50 years ago
Jack Sundine and Gil Johnson, both of Moline, have been named editor and production manager, respectively, of the Moline Dispatch, it was announced by the publishers. Sundine replaces the late Wilbur Mueller, who died last year. Johnson, who had been telegraph editor of the newspaper, will be replaced by C.H. Woods of Davenport. The position of production manager recently was created.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The son of an East Moline couple has been honored for heroism at the scene of a traffic accident in Germany earlier this year. Bernhard L. Harding, a transportation specialist with the U.S. Army's 501st Transportation Company in Germany, was among nine persons presented the Gentleman of the Road Award in ceremonies in Heilbronn, Germany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Harding, 939 38th Ave., East Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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