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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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