Day in history for December 15, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Argus indignantly insists that it is owned by its editors, not by secret owners, as the opposition newspaper contends.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Advertisement in The Argus: VanDeusen's confections, are sure protections; they bring to terms, intestinal worms.

1902 -- 100 years ago
C.H. George of Rock Island and A.G. George of Kansas City, brothers, met for the first time in 27 years at the Rock Island Lines station.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A delegation from Andalusia appeared before the county board of supervisors and was promised first consideration in paving of the road from Milan to Andalusia.

1952 -- 50 years ago
There'll be no Christmas tree this year in the lobby at the Rock Island County courthouse. Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman said it had been decided that a tree would be a fire hazard. He said the decision against having the traditional tree was made after he met and discussed the question with members of the courthouse and jail committee of the county board of supervisors.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Confusion over whether tracks were clear may have caused the collision of two trains near Erie, according to Jim Hagle, spokesman for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Chicago. The two trains were moving slowly at the Denrock crossing on Ill. 2 when the front engine of the westbound train hit the second car of the eastbound train, knocking it from the track and destroying it.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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