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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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