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.

Back: Available days in December 2002



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








(More History)