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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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