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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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