Day in history for December 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Colonel John Dickson of Camden Mills (Milan) has given the editor of The Argus a barrel of his Extra flour. He knows how to do the handsome thing, knowing that an editor can write better on a full stomach than an empty one.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Crowds of people called at the John B. Hawley home on Moline Avenue, near Elm Street, Rock Island, to congratulate him on his appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. A. Mosenfelder entertained the Rock Island High School football squad at a banquet in their home. Their son, Arthur, plays right end on the team.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Daniel W. Custer, a Civil War veteran and second cousin of General Custer of the Indian wars, died.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island Arsenal has manufactured many items during its 90-year history but today a new product topped the list, a 9-pound baby boy. Mark Del Stevens was born in an auto just outside the Arsenal Medical Center. His parents were married last March 1 on that nationally-televised Bride and Groom show.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Approximately $2,152 in donations has been collected for the Coal Valley Fire Protection District's ambulance service. The money is to be matched by township federal revenue sharing, and given to the fire protection district to lower or eliminate the $13,350 tax levied for ambulance service.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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