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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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