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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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