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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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