Day in history for November 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago And Rock Island Railroad Company has bought the Bailey And Boyle boat yard land for $13,000. The location will be a satisfactory place for a depot.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Employees of Buford Plow Works presented B.D. Buford with a desk and easy chair as he moved into his enlarged office.

1902 -- 100 years ago
An explosion in the Hartz And Ullemeyer Drug Store fatally burned Julius Krell, 17, and caused a fire which damaged the stock of the firm.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A body found in the Mississippi River was identified as that of a man sought since April for a Rock Island murder.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A blaze in the Fifth Avenue Hotel, 31st St. and 5th Ave., Rock Island, brought city firemen to the scene at 4:06 o'clock this morning. The fire, which burned joists in the basement, was reportedly caused by defective wiring. Damage was nominal. Companies No. 1, 3 and 4 responded. Guests of the hotel were not disturbed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sixteen dams in Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside Counties have not been inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or its agents as required by a 1972 law. The 16 dams along with over 900 dams in Illinois and over 45,000 across the nation were never inspected because the U.S. Congress which enacted the law following the Rapid City, S.D. flood disaster in 1972, never funded the project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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