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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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