Day in history for December 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Christmas religious rites will be celebrated at the new Catholic Church although the building is not completely finished.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Judge Burwell's dog, Sam, lost since the hunting season began, returned home to the great delight of his master.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The first issue of American Home Journal, published here by the American Home Publishing Company, has appeared.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Argus Santa Claus and helpers spread Christmas cheer through distribution of more than five hundred gift packages.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A bus at the Rock Island-Moline City Lines garage, 3448 5th Ave., Rock Island, rolled much to the discomfort of Elmer Dietz, Cambridge, a night maintenance man at the garage. The errant bus, rolling about three feet down a slight incline, pinned Dietz against another bus and held him prisoner for almost nine hours. Dietz, freed by Fred Hesser who found the Cambridge man still conscious at 6:52 a.m., is reported in good condition at St. Anthony's Hospital.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Three Moline fire trucks, three police squad cars and a command vehicle arrived at the scene of a fender bender accident after a Chicago man, involved in the accident, triggered a nearby fire alarm to summon authorities. Ernest E. Doty, 26, Chicago, was arrested at the scene and charged with disorderly conduct.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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