Day in history for December 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
How the widows with many children contrive to live in their miserable tenements, which fill up the space between more important buildings, is a mystery. Seek the poor out; give the washer-woman work; hire the jobless mechanic to repair your fence.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dave Tipton, the popular pilot of the steamboat Montana, left for the south today.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Major J.M. Beardsley, prominent as publisher and lawyer in Rock Island for more than fifty years, has gone to Quincy to make his home in the Old Soldiers' Home.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The thermometer reading dropped 47 degrees in 24 hours. The cold was accompanied by 50-mile-an-hour wind and a blizzard. At Helena, Mont., it's 53 below.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Davenport, apparently, has broken out into a rash of dope addicts. Detectives are confronted with two dope cases, one involving two Mexican men and a self-styled woman addict, and a 16-year-old boy who said he had been smoking marijuana cigarettes.

1977 -- 25 years ago
G. LaVerne Flambo, one of the Quad-Cities' most prominent citizens, died of a heart ailment early today in his Moline home. Flambo, 66, was assistant to the president of Mid-America Media, which owns and operates two local radio stations, WQUA, Moline, and KRVR, Davenport. He negotiated acquisitions and directed special projects for the broadcast group.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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