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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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