Day in history for November 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
We hear sleigh bells in the streets as we write. Six inches of snow fell last night, but the weather is warm and the snow can't last long.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Four pickpockets from Chicago made a haul of $1,070 from excursionists who came by Rock Island Lines train for a day of sightseeing in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Three ice houses owned by the Moline Ice Company were destroyed by fire at 1 a.m. Two of the houses were filled with cakes of ice. The loss is placed at $10,000.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Charging intent to bribe and intimidate the Fall-Sinclair Oil jury, the government today obtained from the District of Columbia Supreme Court an order compelling Harry F. Sinclair, William J. Burns, and four associates to show cause why they should not be held in contempt.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Clark L. Swanson, Rock Island, who served 46 years as director of the choir of the First Lutheran Church, Rock Island, was honored at special services at the vesper hour at 7:30 o'clock in the church. About 225 persons were present.

1977 -- 25 years ago
New laws and the enforcement of old laws are threatening to raise library budgets with no new funds in sight, River Bend Library System trustees were told. George Curtis, system director, said ``it could be a very expensive proposition'' for libraries to make their buildings accessible to the handicapped.

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