Day in history for December 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The steamboat Geneva burst its boiler and burned at Alton. Several persons were killed.

1877 -- 125 years ago
General Baird of the U.S. Army is a guest at the Harper House.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Charles H. Rosenfield is home from Exeter, N.H., for the holidays.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Stores will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights this week for the benefit of tardy Christmas shoppers.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Yes, 720 pigeons would make a lot of pigeon pie. Thus far this year, August Sturtewagon of Atkinson, has caught just that many in cages installed on top of the Farmers National Bank building and other adjoining store buildings in Geneseo. Through this endeavor, Mr. Sturtewagon not only rids the local business district of a nuisance, but also entertains his friends at pigeon feeds, as well as distributing them to his acquaintances.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline Central Properties, associated with the downtown redevelopment group, purchased The New York Store at 1523 5th Ave. and the adjoining Neiberg building. ``The group feels the buildings should be torn down and replaced with a new office complex having retail outlets on the first floor and offices above,'' Arthur Holmes, vice president of Central Properties, said. Central Properties purchased the two three-story buildings from the Earl Beling estate.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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