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: 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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