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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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