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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