Day in history for December 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Because of difficulties of navigation the past season, many hogsheads of sugar, intended for points above, were left at the Rock Island wharf. N.B. Buford is selling the barrels of sugar at bargain prices.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Never since the blowing of the horn outside the walls of Jericho have the roads been as terribly muddy as now. Our merchants stand wistfully at their windows longing for good roads and a rush of business.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Royal Rough Riders, comprised of 14 freight agents serving as many railroads, held a banquet in Harms Hotel.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Walt Holmer, former Moline high school athlete, was elected captain of the Northwestern University football team.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A legal battle between Davenport City Lines and the city of Rock Island over operation of Bridge Line buses on the Illinois side shaped up today. A complaint will be filed by Davenport City Lines in federal district court at Peoria seeking an injunction to restrain Rock Island from interfering with operation of the Bridge Line.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Gun-toting hunters soon will be patrolling the streets of East Moline as part of a plan to control the burgeoning number of raccoons within city limits. Professional hunters from East Moline and other outlying communities will register with the police department then stalk the animals with guns and dogs.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.

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