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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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