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: 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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