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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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