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: 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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