Day in history for December 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
John Warner, Rock Island contractor, informed The Argus that he has begun grading right-of-way for the Rock Island Railroad between Rock River and Rock Island.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Wide Awake volunteer firemen won a trumpet at a fair held in Dart's hall, receiving 406 votes to 4 for the Neptune Company. A handsome buggy, donated by B. Streckfus, was won by Charles Schorb.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Eugene Blair is starring in the play ``Zaza'' at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Daniel T. Martin resigned as pastor of First Lutheran Church to accept a call to a Minneapolis church.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Joe Collier, former Rock Island High School athletic star, now a junior at Northwestern University, was named an end on the offensive first team of the all-America selections announced in New York by International News Service. Named by a group of experts who viewed grid games throughout the nation, the 2-platoon INS squad is one of the biggest and youngest all-America outfits of recent seasons.

1977 -- 25 years ago
When Dr. David Palmer began making plans for his Christmas party, he decided he didn't want your ordinary run-of-the-mill dinner-dance affair. Dr. Palmer engaged famed pianist and humorist Victor Borge to entertain after dinner. The private bash was held in Arsenal Golf Club and guests described it as ``the party of the year.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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