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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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