Day in history for November 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
When Christopher S. Whisler married Alice E. Burner, the bride gave The Argus editor a goodly share of the wedding cake and the bridegroom gave him a $2.50 gold piece. It is the most liberal act we ever heard tell of. Fellow editors who haven't seen gold for a long time are welcome to inspect ours.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A silver-plated lantern was presented to Rod Justin, yardmaster of the Rock Island Lines, by his friends in St. Joseph's Church.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The U.S. Express Company and the Rock Island Railroad offer $5,000 for the arrest of the bandits who held up a train at Davenport.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Gangland war broke out in Chicago with bomb throwing.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Business and industrial firms were being sounded out in Rock Island on whether they will be willing to contribute to a fund for emergency bus operations. The civic-municipal transportation committee spent two-and-a-half hours studying the bus stalemate and considering the financial hurdles involved in acquiring and running buses as a private venture.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The fate of Moline's $1.4 million downtown mall plan rests with the Illinois Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on the legal challenge to the proposed project in January. A ruling against the special taxing district formed to finance construction likely would scuttle the project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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