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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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