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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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