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: 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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