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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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