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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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