Day in history for December 5, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A public meeting was held at Henderson, Knox County, to plan a railroad between Henderson and Keithsburg, Mercer County. It was stated that the Mississippi can be crossed by rail better at Keithsburg than at any other point.

1877 -- 125 years ago
William Smith, head waiter at the Rock Island House, attacked and injured the cook. Smith escaped across the ice to Davenport before police could get him.

1902 -- 100 years ago
J.E. Smith of Kansas City was appointed roundhouse foreman of the Rock Island Lines here, succeeding Claude Arnold.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Two youths drowned in 15 feet of water in the lagoon of Lincoln Park, at about 38th Street and 9th Avenue, Rock Island, when they fell through the ice while skating. Seven people have drowned in the lagoon in the last 15 years.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Plans for a new fireproof warehouse were already under way today following a blaze which leveled a storage shed of the Seibel Material and Erection Company in Riverdale last night. Investigation was started today to determine the extent of loss, which was estimated to exceed $12,000.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A group of Quad-Cities investors will offer to buy the Oklahoma City Triple-A baseball franchise and move it to the Quad-Cities. The Oklahoma City 89ers team is the top farm club of the major league Philadelphia Phillies.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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