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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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