Day in history for November 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
James Kelly had his right hand blown off when the town cannon accidently discharged during the celebration over Sen. Franklin Pierce's victory in the presidential election. Dr. Patrick Gregg amputated the arm.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A new survey of the Rock Island Railroad right-of-way in the vicinity of Geneseo is being made.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Union Mission, which operates a children's home (Bethany Home), conducted a rummage sale at the roller skating rink.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Nine persons were overcome by gas fumes while at work in a Davenport candy plant.

1952 -- 50 years ago
No matter how you slice it, 1952 without question is the winningest season in the history of prep football in Rock Island. With Rock Island High School wrapping up the season undefeated and untied, and Alleman's Catholic Pioneers finishing with a 7-win, 1-loss mark, the percentage adds up to .941. Congratulations of the highest rank are the order of the day for both top-notch outfits.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County will pay a ``horrendous'' amount of money to repair the latest chink in the armor of its ancient jail, Board Chairman Richard Aubry said today. The latest problem in the jail is a gaping hole in the floor under a third-story shower. The gap was opened Tuesday when maintenance workers attempted to re-patch the deteriorating floor.

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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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