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: 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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