Day in history for November 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The work of grading for the Rock Island Railroad between Geneseo and Green River will start soon. Henry County farmers who have not paid for their stock in the railroad can redeem their pledges in labor or supplies.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Invitations were issued by the Phoenix volunteer fire company to its fifth annual game supper and dance the evening of Thanksgiving day. The member who kills the most game on Thanksgiving day will receive a silver medal.

1902 -- 100 years ago
St. Mary's Cemetery, South Rock Island, was dedicated yesterday. Because rain interfered with the ceremony, the dedication sermon will be preached in church next Sunday.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Assistant Postmaster E.L. Strate won first prize in The Argus picture puzzle contest.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The longest drought of record in the Quad-City area, 45 days without measurable rain, was broken when rain began to fall at 4:37 o'clock yesterday afternoon and continued intermittently during the night.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Stan Woods, administrative assistant at Moline High School, was only joking last week when he told tardy senior Tony Chinn he'd awaken him personally each morning if Chinn pitched a tent in front of his office. Chinn, however, figuring one good joke deserved another, called Woods' bluff and pitched a pup tent in front of the administrator's office early this morning.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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