Day in history for November 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Cook And Sargent has opened a banking house opposite the Rock Island House. It will be managed by J.M. Parker. The rooms are fitted up in excellent style. It really does one good to look at the piles of gold there, even if looking is all one can do.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Jacob Kissel, the reformed pickpocket, gave a lecture of temperance in the Christian chapel last night. The attendance was very poor.

1902 -- 100 years ago
George Hushman was held up by a highwayman and robbed of his watch and 65 cents.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Post office officials predicted today that if the present aviation trend continues it will cost only 2 cents some day to post an air mail letter.

1952 -- 50 years ago
It's getting pretty late for dandelions, but Dick Coleman, Rock Island, reported one blooming at his home this morning while snow was falling. He noticed the dandelion bud yesterday, and today it was in full bloom.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline Police Department is selling a legend. Old-timers will remember it well, the black Thompson sub-machine gun, says Chief Nick Kupresin. Back in the 1920's, the weapon was valuable to then-Chief Tom Schaffer. His targets were gangsters and his Tommy chased a fair share out of East Moline. The gun will be sold to either a museum or another law enforcement agency, the only possible buyers under current laws.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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