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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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