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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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