Day in history for December 12, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
At H.A. Porter's Old Book Store Christmas gifts for children include tool chests, rubber doll heads and India rubber animals, transparent slates, tea sets, kaleidoscopes, and blocks.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Susan B. Anthony, advocate of women's rights, spoke at Cambridge. There was no enthusiasm in the audience. In short, the speech was a fizzle.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The new Rock Island High School, replacing the school destroyed by fire in February of 1901, was dedicated today.

1927 -- 75 years ago
At a 7th Ward mass meeting a committee of 52 was named to press demands that a dangerous ravine in Lincoln Park be filled. Two youths drowned there this autumn. (The site of the lagoon is now the Lincoln Park softball diamond near 38th Street.)

1952 -- 50 years ago
A result of the recent bus strike came to light today with the release of quarterly attendance figures by Davenport school authorities. The figures, which cover the period from Aug. 7 to Nov. 7, show tardiness increased in the Davenport schools by 117 cases over a similar period for last year.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mark Willard, 21, of 1630 27th Ave., Moline, has made a gum wrapper chain that he claims is the world's longest. Willard's chain is 150 feet long. The previous record was a 125-foot chain made by a Waverly, Iowa, man.

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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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