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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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