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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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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