Day in history for December 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Just call at Porter's and see the real Santa Claus descending from the chimney.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The action of the county board in forcing each township to care for its own poor people is being widely discussed and criticized.

1902 -- 100 years ago
``A Hoosier Daisy'' is the play now being staged at the Illinois Theater.

1927 -- 75 years ago
At a regional meeting in Stronghurst with officials of western Illinois, Governor Len Small assured Rock Island County that state routes there will be paved at an early date.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities will have one representative in ``Holiday on Ice'' when it comes to the Rock Island Armory for an 8-day stand under auspices of the Rock Island Optimist Club. He is Wayne Thompson, vocalist and master of ceremonies, who was born in Moline. This is Thompson's third year with the ice show.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Glenna and Burton Liedtke, East Moline, will get at least one Christmas wish this year. The Liedtkes, both 55, were released from Lutheran Hospital in time to spend the holiday at home. Mrs. Liedtke had been in the hospital for five weeks recovering from a diabetes-related illness, and her husband was admitted two weeks ago for treatment of a broken hip. The Liedtkes are planning a small family Christmas celebration, just the two of them and their 23-year-old son, David.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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