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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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