Day in history for December 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Weekly Republican will give earnest support to the principles of the Democratic Party, believing Franklin Pierce is a standard bearer of the true old Hickory stamp.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus said the Mississippi River is open all the way from St. Paul to the gulf.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Architect F.F. Borgolte sues Rock Island school board for $1,500 claimed as commission on new high school. School board says it refused commission because cost exceeded his estimate.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Salvation Army entertains 200 children at annual Christmas party.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Safe crackers, who may have used gas masks, got $254 from a safe at Mills Chevrolet Co., 515 13th St., Moline. Det. Sgt. Glenn Petersen said the safe from which the money was taken automatically released a vial of tear gas when it was forced open. Petersen said the smell of tear gas was so strong that he had to vent the auto firm office with a fan for about 15 minutes before entering it.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Flashing red lights are being installed at both approaches to the Ill. 84 bridge over the Rock River at Green Rock. The state-financed project will provide a warning for travelers approaching the narrow bridge, the site of many serious accidents.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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