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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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