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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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