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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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