Day in history for December 30, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island city council adopts ordinance changing meetings from third Saturday of each month to third Monday at 2 p.m.

1877 -- 125 years ago
All ministers of the city will meet tomorrow to arrange for week of prayer.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A mystery fire destroyed main building and three smaller buildings at the county infirmary near Coal Valley last night. Damage is estimated between $15,000 and $20,000.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Zero weather is in prospect as the community prepares to celebrate coming of the new year.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Howard Redding, manager of the Sears-Roebuck farm store in Davenport, has been named the outstanding member of the Sears organization in the Quad-Cities for the past year. Redding, who has been with the Davenport store for the past 22 years, was honored both because of his work in the store and in civic affairs during the past 12 months.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Too many foolhardy dreamers and schemers wander into Glenn Antrim's Davenport Patent Attorney office, hoping to strike it rich with plans for new gadgets, gizmos and games. Dozens of Quad-Citians are bent upon placing their names with the other 3.75 million in the files at the U.S. Patent Office, Washington, D.C. Only those with something new, something useful, and ideally, something profitable need apply for a patent. He won't encourage a futile idea.

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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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