Day in history for December 18, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Baptist Church has been open for the last two weeks for meetings conducted by Clark and Ketchum, Rockford preachers. Thus far the meetings have been full of interest.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed the Farnham House stables at the rear of Eggleston row of tenements, which face the south entrance of the courthouse.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Henry Carse has returned from a convention in New York of the National Bottlers Association. His sisters, Elizabeth and Katherine, returned with him and will make their home in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A hundred students in Rock Island High School went on strike when it was announced that Christmas vacation had been shortened from two weeks to 10 days.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island, temporarily at least, will have only $266,000 to cover construction of a swimming pool rather than the $300,000 bond issue approved Nov. 4 by city residents. Representatives of two Davenport bond houses assert a legal technicality prevents them from providing money for the authorized amount.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Tom Coopman was in the eighth grade when he started ``fooling around'' with weights. Now the 18-year-old East Moliner walks around with a set of biceps and triceps that makes him a candidate for Muscle Beach. Coopman is in Chicago to compete in the Mr. Teenage Metro competition, a physique contest.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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