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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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