Day in history for December 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Father Alleman's fine new church is not yet finished, but Christmas day services will be held there at 5 a.m.

1877 -- 125 years ago
By action of the county board, South Rock Island Township was created today.

1902 -- 100 years ago
New members admitted to the Tri-City Press Club, at a dinner in the new Harms Hotel, are: Nevis S. Morrison, Charles Lewis and H.E. Robb.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island High School students who went on strike when the length of Christmas vacation was shortened returned to classes today and were punished with four detention periods.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Dr. Harry M. Menton, Moline physician, has been convicted by a federal jury of knowingly presenting an altered duplicate narcotics blank to a federal narcotics inspector. Dr. Menton was released on $3,000 bond pending the investigation. The government charged Dr. Menton with changing figures on a duplicate narcotics order blank from 500 to 100, indicating he received less of the drug than was shipped to him.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Hydrogen gas at the Quad-Cities Nuclear Generating Station has exploded three times, in incidents similar to the one Tuesday that injured a worker at a Connecticut nuclear plant. No injuries or radioactive contamination above government safety levels were reported in the explosions at the Cordova plant during 1973 or 1974.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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