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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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