Day in history for December 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The river has closed at this point due to the cold weather.

1877 -- 125 years ago
A. Bamberger, former clothing merchant in Rock Island, now of Chicago, is visiting at the Harper House.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Local dealers blame railroads for very pronounced coal shortage.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Dr. A.R. Wallin of Augustana College is appointed committee chairman of National Education Association.

1952 -- 50 years ago
An Argus photographer's camera was broken as scuffling at the main entrance to The Argus building marked the start of the third week of the printers' strike against the four Quad-Cities daily newspapers. Shouldering and elbowing by massed pickets gave Rock Island police a rugged time as employees arrived. Acting Chief of Police Lawrence O. Jones announced that police will establish a line tomorrow through which employees will be given access to the building.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A proposed crude-oil pipeline from St. Louis to the Twin-Cities could add about $40,000 per year to the coffers of Rock Island County governments. About 14 miles of the line, to be constructed for Northern Pipeline Co., would cross Rock Island County. Plans presented to the county board show the line would enter the county from Mercer County and run through Buffalo Prairie Twp. and a corner of Drury Twp. before crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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