Day in history for November 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
J.B. Danforth, Jr., has become a partner of Fred S. Nichols as editor and publisher of The Argus.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Friends of John C. Lafrenz, of the Phoenix volunteer fire company and of the Buford Plow Works, presented him with a gold-headed cane on his 28th birthday.

1902 -- 100 years ago
M.H. Sexton of Rock Island announced his desire to retire from the presidency of the Three-I baseball league. J.F. Klugger was mentioned as his possible successor.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The State Bank of Rock Island will hold open house on its 75th anniversary.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The First National Bank of Rock Island, fourth oldest bank in Illinois, will observe its 100th birthday anniversary with open house at 2nd Avenue and 17th Street, its home for 98 years. President Lewis B. Wilson will greet visitors during regular banking hours. There will be a 400-pound birthday cake, large enough to serve 4,000 people.

1977 -- 25 years ago
At least 700 employees have been laid off at International Harvester's East Moline plant since August. They join about 575 employees who have been laid off since August at the IH Farmall Plant in Rock Island and scores of workers laid off from other companies producing farm implement parts. The bankrupt Rock Island Lines laid off at least 120 employees at its Silvis Yards as part of an 8 percent reduction in the railroad's overall employment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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