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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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