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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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