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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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