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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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