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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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