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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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