Day in history for November 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Second Baptist Church of Davenport will hold a fair at the LeClaire House Nov. 14 to which the ladies and gentlemen of Rock Island are invited. Proceeds will be used to help erect a church building.

1877 -- 125 years ago
William Jones, known as Canada Bill, who with his pal, Rattlesnake Jack, had swindled hundreds of Rock Island railroad passengers in card games, was found dead. He was buried at public expense.

1902 -- 100 years ago
L. Oppenheimer, operator of a carnival, disappeared, and his creditors levied on his apparatus and tents.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Senator Arthur Capper of Kansas, speaking before Rotarians of the Tri-Cities, urged city people to support farm relief measures and waterways development.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Davenport is going to be ``home'' for the famed Barnum and Bailey bandwagon a few months longer, it was announced by Dr. B.J. Palmer, owner of the elaborately ornamented museum piece. Original plans called for shipping of the circus wagon by way of the Mississippi River to Sarasota, Fla., home of the famous circus. There has been a delay in the completion of a special building to house the valuable wagon.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Four men were injured after about 14 tons of ammonia overflowed at Central Farmers Industries fertilizer storage plant north of Cordova. The leak was caused by a tank overflow while a barge was being emptied into a storage tank.

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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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