Day in history for December 8, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
Although there is no ice yet in the river, navigation is about closed for the season.

1876 -- 125 years ago
This has been one of the wildest, cold blustering, sign-slamming days of the year with occasional squalls of snow.

1901 -- 100 years ago
Building of 15 wing dams in the river at Andalusia has been completed.

1926 -- 75 years ago
T.A. Murphy resigned as treasurer and manager of the Rock Island Welfare Association.

1951 -- 50 years ago
A proposal that the Rock Island-Moline City Lines be purchased by one of the municipalities on the Illinois side of the Quad-Cities and that fares be increased got a cool reception today. The proposal was voiced by Ralph E. James, Chicago, operating manager of the National City Lines, parent of the Rock Island-Moline City Lines. He declared operating losses totaling $20,753 in the first 10 months of 1951 have forced the company to ask for an increase in bus fare.

1976 -- 25 years ago
Another honor for Larry Hoffman, director of the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. He's been elected to the executive board of the Inter-museum Conservation Association, a consortium of art museums in the Midwest. Hoffman, active in art gallery activities both at the regional and national level, is a contributing editor to the Midwest Museum Quarterly.

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