Day in history for December 1, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
William R. King of Alabama, who had been elected vice president of the United States, died yesterday, one day before the Electoral College met to elect him officially. This situation has never arisen before. What the electors will do now about choosing a vice president is a matter of speculation.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Congressman John B. Hawley of Rock Island, a Republican, has been appointed assistant secretary of the treasury. Local Democrats, as well as Republicans, are gratified at the appointment.

1902 -- 100 years ago
John W. Lawhead, former alderman who was known at ``Honest John,'' died. He was chief engineer at Rock Island Arsenal.

1927 -- 75 years ago
C.J. Shaw, general secretary of the YMCA, was elected president of the Rock Island Central Council of Social Agencies.

1952 -- 50 years ago
``Charlie,'' Blaine Shoemaker's Aberdeen Angus, was named reserve champion junior calf during judging of championship steer classes at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. ``Charlie,'' the Shoemaker's Angus, was born and raised on the Shoemaker farms south of Aledo.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Gas stations throughout Illinois will soon be selling small quantities of the gasoline and alcohol mixture ``gasohol'' which advocates see as a promising alternate energy source and a way to make money from corn stalks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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