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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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