Day in history for December 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Lt. Davenport arrived at Savanna on Wednesday. The news says the Cuban difficulty having been settled, he is to resume command of the Cherokee or Crescent City.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Man who offered team and carriage for sale for $150 at Evans' livery stable is suspected of theft. Authorities learn he stole them from Christian Hartwig, a farmer near Davenport.

1902 -- 100 years ago
W.H. Allum is elected president and Leo Vermere treasurer of the Journeymen Barbers' Union.

1927 -- 75 years ago
One thousand dollars is posted by family for capture of murderers of Charles F. Bladel.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Walter Beuse, who is Davenport's acting postmaster this holiday season, and also official Santa Claus for the city, is finding his desk piling up with letters to St. Nick. ``I've received a lot of unusual requests, but one last week topped them all. One little girl actually wrote to Santa Claus asking for a baby brother to play with.''

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned the public to stay off the ice on the Mississippi River. Towboat and barge traffic breaks up the ice in the river channel and warmer weather this week will make the present river ice cover unsafe. The public is especially warned not to drive cars, trucks and motorcycles onto the ice, as the weight of the vehicle could break through the ice cover.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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