Day in history for April 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A man in Wisconsin has invented a pocket stove warmed by burning alcohol. We have seen one. It looks like a pint flask.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Burglars visited the homes of Joseph W. Brackett, Milo Lee and J.H. Langley last night. Mrs. Lee's pants and a watch worth $150 were taken at his house.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Dr. Eric Norelius, one of the founders of the Augustana Lutheran Synod, will speak at the Augustana College Founders' Day program April 27.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Excavation work for the foundations of the $200,000 women's dormitory at Augustana College started today.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Whitey Verstraete's 5-hit pitching and timely hitting helped Alleman's Pioneers to their fifth straight victory of the baseball season yesterday afternoon as they downed St. Ambrose Academy, 4-1, at North Douglas Park.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The ``private eyes'' of the Quad-Cities don't get beat up every week, or wreck their cars in bullet-punctuated chases, or get involved with periodic mob intrigue. The real-life Jack White, Michael Thompson, Stan Salvon and Tom McGinn say they spend a lot of time sitting in cars, waiting and watching for people. White, a former Rock Island County Sheriff's investigator, says he spends most of his time chasing down witnesses for local attorneys. Thomas McGinn, owner of Bi-State Security Service, Davenport, often gets calls for pre-divorce investigations.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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