Day in history for December 17, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The new pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Hodges, from Missouri, preached last Sabbath. He has been in Rock Island several weeks, but was unable to preach, because of illness.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The first span of the Rock Island bridge slipped off its abutment when a train derrick hit the bridge roof. John Merrick, conductor, was seriously injured.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A delegation of officials from Logan County today inspected the Rock Island County courthouse.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Residents of Lincoln Park district pledge action in the spring to fill the dangerous ravine lagoon in which seven persons have drowned.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An indication of belief in the future growth of the Quad-Cities area was the way Mel Foster, Davenport realtor, described the application he and a Davenport attorney, Harold Hoersch, have made for a TV channel on the ultra-high frequency range.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Federal investigators today were pouring over maintenance records and engine parts as they tried to determine why a small twin-engine aircraft crashed near Davenport Municipal Airport, killing two area men. The crash occurred in dense fog as the pilot, Richard Miller, 23, of Silvis, and co-pilot Mark B. Kuhl, 24, Clinton, were transporting two bodies to a Davenport funeral home.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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