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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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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