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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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