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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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