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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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