Day in history for December 6, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Major F. Wilson, Dr. A.G. Brackett, E. Gilmore, Jr., Lieutenant John Buford, James T. Bean, F.S. Nichols and J.W. Drury are on the committee for the fancy dress ball to be held Christmas eve in the city hall.

1876 -- 125 years ago
There were 80 arrivals at the Taylor House, mostly farmers coming in to attend the meeting of the county grange.

1901 -- 100 years ago
William B. Leeds will succeed W.G. Purdy as president of the Rock Island Lines.

1926 -- 75 years ago
Improvements in the Rock Island district of United States Engineers for the coming year were estimated at $2,225,000.

1951 -- 50 years ago
No ``Young Man of the Year'' in Rock Island will be selected this year. It would be unfair to the city's outstanding young men fighting in Korea to select anyone for the honor. It was observed that instead of choosing one man for the annual title, all of Rock Island's servicemen could fall into the ``Young Men of the Year'' category.

1976 -- 25 years ago
At first, the announcement made it sound like the demise of Cambridge's famed nickel cup of coffee. But loyal lunch counter patrons of Swan's store soon learned that the recent price increase to 15 cents applies only to coffee served by a waitress to seated customers. Klatchers still can get a five-cent cup if they help themselves.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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