Day in history for December 9, 2001

1851 -- 150 years ago
The Robinson Family are still in town and will give another of their popular theatrical performances on Saturday evening next.

1876 -- 125 years ago
Davenport sent 10,000 dozen eggs east on Monday, making about 50,000 dozen that have been shipped from that place. This kind of chickens can be counted before they are hatched.

1901 -- 100 years ago
J.R. McPartland has been promoted to the position of trainmaster of the B.C.R. And N. to succeed C.S. Weston, who has been promoted to assistant superintendent.

1926 -- 75 years ago
The Electrical League of the Quad-Cities is sponsoring an outdoor home decorating contest.

1951 -- 50 years ago
The 23rd Avenue repaving and widening project, planned to start early next spring, was given top priority by the Moline City Council when it set up its motor fuel tax-financed project for the next five years.

1976 -- 25 years ago
The identity of Philip Dorian will soon be known. Philip Dorian is the pen name used by a well-known Moline resident in writing a mystery novel, ``The Streaker Murders,'' which was published by Dorrance And Co. last summer. He will ``officially'' reveal his identity at an autograph party to be sponsored by Walden Books of SouthPark Mall, Moline. The party will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the bookstore.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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