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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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