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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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