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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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