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: 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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