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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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