Day in history for December 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Baptist Church has been open during the past two weeks for a series of meetings.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Work has been started on the foundation for a 1-story passenger depot for the Rock Island Lines on the north side of Moline (5th) Avenue, a few doors west of the brewery.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Phil Mitchell has returned from a visit with friends at Philadelphia. Leon and Ardo Mitchell are home for the holidays from school at Lawrenceville.

1927 -- 75 years ago
First benefit ball for the pension fund has been planned by the Rock Island Police Department.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Plans are underway for the first installation of a theater-television system in the Quad-Cities. The equipment will be placed in the RKO Orpheum in Davenport, William W. Howard, RKO vice president, announced today. The equipment will project an image as large as the usual theater screen, which means a total area of over 300 square feet, or over 100 times larger than the average home television screen.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Robert A. Crist got an early Christmas present, a present that took almost 60 years to arrive. The Colona woman received the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster awarded her late husband, who was wounded in France during World War I. When he returned to the U.S. his records were lost. They remained lost until July 1977, when Mrs. Crist decided to write the Army and ask about them.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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