Day in history for December 16, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The steamboat Big Concord lost two locomotives overboard in the lake and returned to Buffalo. The boat was bringing the engines to Chicago for use on the new Rock Island Railroad.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The second annual ball of the Fourth Ward Hose Company of volunteer firemen will be held Christmas eve.

1902 -- 100 years ago
M.T. Stafford was elected commander of John Buford Post of G.A.R.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Four Moline places of business, including the Mirror Theater, at 6th Ave. and 15th St., were destroyed by fire.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The famed Augustana College choir will again present a concert of Christmas carols from various lands over the nationwide facilities of the Columbia Broadcasting System. This year's concert will be heard Tuesday, Dec. 23 from 3:30 to 3:55 p.m. over many CBS network stations.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Bob Owen admits gas prices are a little higher at his Moline service station than at others in the area. He tries to keep present customers, and attract new ones, by offering full service and personalized care. Other station managers take a different approach offering cheaper gas, less service, and relying on volume sales. Those decisions are just two factors in a complex process that has resulted in a price spread of more than 10-cents-a-gallon among Quad-City stations.

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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.








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