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 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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