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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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