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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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