Day in history for November 28, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A map of Rock Island on rollers, the only map of its kind in existence, has been stolen from the city council room.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John Foster of Preemption offered the Ninth Street Methodist Church its choice of four lots free as a site for a parsonage. A committee will be named to choose the best lot.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Justice of the Peace Hayden has presided at 101 cases this month.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Clarence L. Edwards, former sheriff, has resigned from the staff of Sheriff Howard Gregg. He will take a government position in Washington.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Letters to Moline youngsters from Santa Claus will again become a reality this year through the three-fold cooperation of parents, the postal system and Pan American World Airways. The airline has sent 100 sheets of Santa Claus stationery to the Moline post office for distribution to parents who want their children to receive letters from the bewhiskered old gentleman.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The last link of the $2-million-a-mile freeway connecting the Quad-Cities to the East-West Tollway near Sterling and Rock Falls will be opened to traffic Monday morning. Praised by some as a vital new link for western Illinois, but criticized by others as a waste of money and land, Illinois Route 5 will provide an alternate four-lane, interstate-type road to I-80 for travel to Chicago.

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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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