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: 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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