Day in history for December 11, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A physician speaking to teachers advanced the theory that pure air would be healthful in classrooms. Every effort is made in schools to keep new air out and foul air in; no wonder half the people die before they are 21, the doctor said.

1877 -- 125 years ago
George Henry, Second Avenue grocer, was presented with a gold-headed cane by his friends on his 43rd birthday anniversary.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Anna Moore, daughter of the late Gilpin Moore, was married to Holly Spear, Chicago businessman.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The filling in of the dangerous ravine in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, where seven people have drowned, will be demanded at a meeting of Seventh Ward residents tonight.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Because of the growing population in north Davenport and its predicted further expansion, the city faces an estimated outlay of $3,592,000 for additional sewer facilities within the next half-century. The report also recommended that the present $1-a-year understanding that Davenport has in handling Bettendorf's sewage be changed.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Christmas comes in June and Easter in December at Lusk Fresh Pak Candy Co., Moline. The candy company at 2519 4th Ave. begins packaging Christmas goodies in June to have orders filled by Nov. 1 for the holiday season. In December, Easter baskets are moving off the packing line to be ready when spring rolls around.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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