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: 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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