Day in history for December 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican now circulates postage free in Rock Island County and in the state for 13 cents a year, payable in advance.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Athletic Club will stage Romeo and Juliet at Dart's Hall Jan. 3.

1902 -- 100 years ago
James W. Bragg, a young veteran of the Spanish-American War, is buried with military honors at the Rock Island Arsenal cemetery.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Frank C. Wheeler dies of a neck fracture received in a fall during Christmas revelry.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Hourly pay increases of four cents an hour for men and eight cents for women, and an increase in the night differential from 7 to 9 cents an hour are provided in a new contract negotiated between members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters And Butcher Workmen of North America, Local No. 431, AFL, and Oscar Mayer Packing Co., Davenport. Negotiations were conducted by representatives of the union and Allen C. Mayer, plant manager for the company.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Thanks to an article she read about the Heimlich method to help a choking person, Myrtle Norris was able to prevent a fellow Rock Island Arsenal employee, Bernice Parein, from choking to death. A doctor later said Ms. Norris' quick action saved Ms. Parein's life. To honor her for her deed, Major General William Eicher, Arsenal commander, presented Ms. Norris a Special Act Award.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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