Day in history for December 14, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The persevering efforts of Father Alleman in building the new Catholic Church are worthy of commendation.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Emma K. Guild, daughter of the proprietor of the Rock Island House, and Charles A. Wright of the firm of Hull And Wright, were married in Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.S. Freeman resigned as secretary of the YMCA and was succeeded by J.H. Keyser of Decatur. During his five years in the position, Freeman greatly reduced the Y's large debt.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School Athletic Association presented plans to the board of education for a $250,000 stadium and field house.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A 48-year-old woman today asked a Knox County assistant state's attorney to make her sister stop practicing witchcraft on her. The woman wants to file criminal charges against her 43-year-old sister, who, she says, is cooking her legs. Assistant State's Attorney Dale Ruedig said the woman, whose legs were swollen and red, told him the witchcraft started in September, when squares that looked as if they were baked began to appear on her legs.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A steamboat? At Hardee's? In Milan? ``We have a paddlewheel steamboat right in the middle of our lobby,'' says Tom Ketelsen, general manager of the fast-food restaurant. The restaurant is located at 3rd Avenue and U.S. 67.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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