Day in history for December 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island city council adopts ordinance paying mayor $50 a year and councilmen $25 a year.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The following will hold open house Wednesday: Mrs. J.H. Wilson, Mrs. F.A. Head, Mrs. Ben Harper, Mrs. C.M. Osborn, Mrs. Henry Curtis and Misses Cook, Tennie Ralston and Fannie Palmer.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A united Watch meeting will be held at the First Methodist Church with five ministers giving addresses.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The decorative scheme at home of George B. Nettleton wins first prize in Argus Christmas lighting contest.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities today rounds out a year of substantial progress, with industrial activity heightened by the nation's defense efforts but with morale sobered by the dislocations of the continuing war in Korea. With additional hundreds of Quad-Cities young men in the armed forces as 1952 ebbs, the thoughts of many persons are with their sons in faraway places.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Most of the traffic signal lights used at school crossings in Moline and Rock Island will become illegal after today. The two-section red and yellow lights do not conform to federal or state standards for uniform traffic control devices which go into effect Jan. 1, 1978. Failure to meet federal standards (three-head red, yellow and green) could mean funding problems for the cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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