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 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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