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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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