Day in history for November 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Total vote cast in Rock Island County for president was 1,546 or 436 more than in the presidential election of 1848.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Jacob Frysinger plans an early opening of his distillery at Milan.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mayor B.F. Knox has returned from Quincy, where he attended a convention for the uniting of sentiment in favor of improving the upper rapids.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Royal Neighbors of America conducted impressive cornerstone-laying ceremonies at the site of their $500,000 supreme offices building.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island Board of Education rejected a petition requesting the Rock Island board to annex the Ridgewood Grade School District, No. 60, and make it a part of Rock Island School District, No. 41. A unanimous vote of all school board members is required under Illinois law for district annexation. Those voting against the annexation were Arthur J. Hause and Dr. C.W. Motz.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A group of Watertown residents banded together in 1967 to lobby for a neighborhood center after a youth was injured in a street fight. Now, 10 years later, those efforts have finally paid off. The group today learned the federal government has awarded a $288,000 grant to East Moline which includes $229,000 for a community facility on a five-acre site in the Watertown area and $59,000 to finance a housing rehabilitation program.

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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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