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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